The American Red Cross Serving Central Texas will team up with the Leander Fire Department to visit a Williamson County neighborhood to install smoke alarms and teach people how to be prepared for home fires. The canvassing event is part of a nationwide Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness campaign that aims to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years.
Red Cross volunteers and Leander firefighters will go door to door in the Falcon Oaks neighborhood—one that recently experienced a devastating fatal home fire—on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th, 2015. They plan to cover approximately 160 homes over two days.
“Just last month, this community experienced a terrible tragedy caused by a home fire. No family should ever experience the pain and sadness of losing a loved one that way,” said Marty McKellips, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross, Central and South Texas Region. “That’s why we’re partnering with the fire department to help families make their escape plan, provide preparedness information and install smoke alarms—which we know cuts the risk of dying in a home fire by half.”
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is happening all over the country and aims to educate people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms.
Simple Steps to Save Lives
The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
• If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
• If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
• Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
• Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In Central Texas the Red Cross responded to 176 home fires last year. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.