Daylight Saving Time is this weekend and when everyone turns their clocks ahead, the American Red Cross reminds them to also take these steps to make sure their household is prepared for emergencies.
“It’s important for everyone to make sure their household is ready,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO of the Central Florida Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter. “A disaster like a home fire can happen anywhere, at any time. We urge people to take these steps now and know what they should do if an emergency occurs.”
Home Fire Preparedness Campaign: The Red Cross responds to 70,000 disasters across the country every year and most of these are home fires. Tragically, some people lose their lives in these fires, countless others are injured. The Red Cross has launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
The 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.
The American Red Cross of Tampa Bay is scheduled to visit several local communities within the next month as part of the Home Fire Prevention Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install free smoke alarms where needed. Volunteers will be going door-to-door in selected neighborhoods in St. Petersburg (March 21), Tampa (March 31) and Clearwater (April 8).
Since October 2014, Red Cross volunteers throughout Central Florida have visited nearly 1,000 homes and installed 1,085 smoke alarms. Across the country, 35,000 alarms have been installed as part of this campaign.
In the Tampa Bay area, the Red Cross responded nearly 400 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.