Honor Dr. King by Volunteering to Distribute Fire Safety Tips

The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend marks the time of year when American Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter volunteers will walk door to door in neighborhoods to talk about fire safety and prevention. The volunteers will remind New Orleans-area residents on Jan. 19 that home fires can be prevented.

You are invited to join Red Cross volunteers and the New Orleans Fire Department on that Saturday to commemorate the life of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of community service.

Volunteers will go door-to-door distributing fire safety information in residential neighborhoods where fires have recently occurred. Volunteers will talk with residents about ways to heat and cook safely, the value of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a household fire escape plan. Fire safety and prevention door hangers in English and in Spanish will be provided to all homes that volunteers visit, and left for neighbors who are not at home.

In addition, smoke detectors will be distributed to residents in need of one. Volunteers will not enter any homes or attempt to install the smoke detectors unless accompanied by the New Orleans Fire Department. The Red Cross will host an orientation the morning of the event.

The Red Cross responds to help residents affected by home fires every day; anyone can be affected by a fire, regardless of background or geographic location. Volunteers will ring doorbells to encourage residents to take simple steps necessary to protect their family and home.

Home fires are the most common disaster to which the Red Cross responds – the Southeast Louisiana Chapter responded to more than 700 home fires last year. And fires claim nine lives every day in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association. Make sure you and your loved ones are not part of these statistics.

Lifesaving fire safety and prevention information is also available online, www.redcross.org.

For additional information or to volunteer, please contact Jodi Tolliver at (504) 620-2401.