[Carmel – February 26, 2015] The American Red Cross of the Central Coast will be canvassing the Lazy Wheel Mobile Home Park in Marina as part of its Home Fire Preparedness (#firesafety) Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.
The Red Cross will be going through part of the mobile park on Saturday, February 28, 2015 starting with a volunteer briefing at 9:30 a.m. at the Marina Fire Department Station. Then at 10:15 a.m., five teams of Red Cross volunteers will begin canvassing the mobile park to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be the Marina Fire Department.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with government and community partners from across our Region to install smoke alarms,” said Michele Averill, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Central Coast. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fires.”
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
The Home Fire Preparedness (#firesafety) Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.
Pictures from the event: https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8noRDW
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:
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 the Central Coast, the Red Cross responded to over 100 home fires last year, helping over 180 families. 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 of the Central Coast
The American Red Cross of the Central Coast is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends on the generous contributions of time and money from the residents and companies of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties to provide services and programs that help our community prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. For more information on disaster preparedness, health and safety classes, volunteer opportunities, and financial contributions, visit our website at redcross.org/centralcoast or call us at 831-462-2881. You may also find us on Facebook and Twitter.