Firelands Chapter delivers fire safety prevention information

Firelands Red Cross, Fire Safety News
The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install smoke alarms and develop and practice a fire escape plan.

Firelands Chapter, American Red Cross, volunteers will be going door-to-door on Saturday, October 20, 2012, to select apartment buildings in the Sandusky area delivering fire safety and other disaster prevention information. Red Cross officials, in collaboration with the Sandusky Fire Department, have targeted five locations for what they call “Fire Walks:” Bayshore Apartments, Harbor View Apartments, View Point Apartments, McKinley Street apartments as well as apartments in the Foxborough area.

Last year American Red Cross volunteers responded to about 63,000 home fires across the country by providing comfort and basic necessities to more than 82,000 families. In Erie County alone, Firelands chapter assisted 42 families with fires and other disasters.

We respond to about one home fire every nine minutes across the country. “The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install smoke alarms and develop and practice a fire escape plan,” said Pat Burns, Disaster Services Chairman for Firelands Chapter.

Additional recommendations include:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
  • Follow your escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.
  • Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for additional fire safety tips.

    Business, too, should be prepared. Fire is the most common of all business disasters. According to the United State Fire Association, non-residential building fires resulted in $2.4 billion in losses in 2010. Companies, schools and other organizations can learn how to prepare for fires and other emergencies by becoming a member of the Red Cross Ready Rating ™ Program at www.readyrating.org. Complete a free, online assessment of your current readiness level and receive customized feedback with tips to improve preparedness.

    “A decision was made this summer to target select apartments with the distribution of fire prevention information,” states Ron Rude, Executive Director of Firelands Chapter, American Red Cross. “A generous contribution from the Rotary Club of Sandusky has made it possible to reach over 500 families with fire prevention information. If one fire is prevention or one life saved through this effort, it will have been well worth our investment of time and money. While every effort is being made to prevent fires, we will not be able to prevent them all. In order to continue responding to fires and other disasters, the Red Cross depends on the generous support of individuals and businesses in this community. Contributions to support our disaster relief budget can be sent to: American Red Cross, 300 Central Ave., Sandusky, OH , 44870."