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Red Cross Seeks Volunteers For Fire Safety Event

Oklahoma City, Wednesday, January 7, 2015 — The American Red Cross Serving Oklahoma and community partners plan to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service by holding a fire safety canvassing event and it needs volunteers. The event is planned for January 17.

Red Cross volunteers will be canvassing a neighborhood in the 73111 zip code in Oklahoma City providing fire prevention and safety information, checking smoke detector batteries and installing new detectors. There will also be a preparedness education class for residents in the neighborhood.

There will be a training session for interested volunteers on January 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Red Cross office located in Oklahoma City at 601 NE 6th Street. Dinner will be provided. The following volunteer positions are available:

•    Educator - provides the fire safety education to residents
•    Installer - Installs new smoke alarms
•    Reporter - Fills out necessary forms
•    Materials/logistics - Works with installer to make sure we have the right materials/supplies
•    Food - sets up space and supplies.

For those interested in volunteering, please contact Mario Medrano at (405) 228-9590.

The American Red Cross launched a five year campaign in late 2014 to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent in Oklahoma and around the country.

The Red Cross campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans 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.
 
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.