“Pierson-Kraft Smoke Alarm Project” Day

This is a great opportunity to collaborate with Lake City officials, community volunteers and the Pierson-Kraft family to save lives through education, prevention and preparedness.

Saturday, December 15th, State Fire Marshal, Ray Reynolds, the City of Lake City, the American Red Cross, surrounding fire service volunteers and community volunteers are hitting the streets of Lake City to help families protect themselves from fires by distributing fire prevention information and installing smoke alarms. The “Pierson-Kraft Smoke Alarm Project” is being supported by the Lake City family that recently experienced a fatal fire in their home in honor of their loved ones.

“The Red Cross decided to convene community partners to ensure every Lake City home has a working smoke alarm. This is a great opportunity to collaborate with Lake City officials, community volunteers and the Pierson-Kraft family to save lives through education, prevention and preparedness,” said Leslie Schaffer, Executive Director for the American Red Cross Serving Greater Iowa.

State Fire Marshal, Ray Reynolds stated, “The “Pierson-Kraft Smoke Alarm Project” Day is the first step building resiliency in a community shattered by fire. We are working with the family to spread the message of fire prevention and safety out into the community, they never thought a fire like this would happen to them and this one-day project will make an impact in this community to help save lives.”

Volunteers are being asked to canvass Lake City on Saturday, December 15th from 9 am to 4 pm:

  • Volunteers will go door-to-door to each home and distribute educational materials about fire safety and install smoke alarms.
  • Volunteers and groups are asked to pre-register by emailing cityadministrator@lakecity.com.
  • All volunteers will meet at 9 am or 1 pm at the Fire Department in Lake City at 220 North Center Street. Volunteers will be partnered with area firefighters during installation.
  • Lunch will be provided for all registered volunteers.
  • Faith groups, community groups and fire departments from across the state are encouraged to help!
  • Cordless drills are needed, if you have one, please bring with you.
  • 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 States Fire Administration, 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.

    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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.