Seagoville Mayor, Dennis K. Childress, supported the American Red Cross, in cooperation with Seagoville police and fire departments in the first ever smoke alarm installation drive in Seagoville, Texas. Over 40 volunteers participated in the September 10, 2016 Home Fire Campaign educating Creekside Mobile Home Park residents about being prepared for a home fire. Volunteers ensured each home had properly operating smoke alarms, resulting in 182 new smoke alarm installations.
"Because someone dies in a fire in this country seven times each day, we’ve made it our mission to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities by 25% by installing free smoke alarms and batteries in areas with high fire activity,” said Keith Rhodes, chief executive officer, American Red Cross North Texas Region. “We are grateful for the support and cooperation of Mayor Childress and the Seagoville police and fire departments for helping us to save lives.”
Seagoville residents who did not receive a smoke alarm, but need one, are encourage to submit a request at the Red Cross website. Additionally, the Red Cross offers these tips to protect all North Texas families from home fires:
RED CROSS APPS To learn how to prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs download the Red Cross Emergency App. The app includes a Family Safe feature to help stay in touch with loved ones. Children can earn points and incentives in a fun, gaming environment while learning how to prevent a home fire and other emergencies in the Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App. The First Aid App provides expert advice including what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. Download the apps for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, credited in its first year with saving more than 100 lives and protecting thousands of others by installing new smoke alarms in their homes.
The Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working with fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms in homes across all 50 states.
The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. To find the location of smoke alarm installation events or to become a volunteer, contact www.redcross.org/dfw.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.