San Antonio Fire Department to install over 200 smoke detectors

Fire Safety
So many people think of the Red Cross only when major disasters occur. The truth is, it’s our mission to be there any time a family or an individual needs help, said Mike Bennett – Regional CEO

San Antonio, TX – February 1, 2013 – Saturday (January 26, 2013) the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross partnered with HOPE worldwide and Urban Connections to canvass neighborhoods in the 78207 area code. This was part of the MLK Day of Service where volunteers were called upon to educate residents on the need for fire safety during this fire season.

The 200 volunteers visited a total of 2247 homes. In all they were able to speak with 710 families in the neighborhood. There were more than 200 homes in the area that were in need of smoke detectors.

In the weeks to come the San Antonio Fire Department will visit these homes and install smoke detectors that were donated to the Red Cross by Nationwide Insurance. This was the most successful event since this partnership began five years ago.

Mike Bennett – Regional CEO for the Southwest Region of the American Red Cross said: “So many people think of the Red Cross only when major disasters occur. The truth is, it’s our mission to be there any time a family or an individual needs help. ‘Teaming-up’ with these fine organizations to educate area residents is just a small way to help out while making new friends and partners along the way.”

The final statistics of the event are listed below:

  • # of volunteers - 200
  • # fire safety door hangers distributed - 2148
  • # of households visited - 2247
  • # of fire prevention conversations with residents - 710
  • # of people requesting smoke detectors – 250
  • The Red Cross would like to extend a thank you to all those individuals who donated their time to the San Antonio community.

    If you need more information please contact Rafael Aviles, Regional Communications Manager / Southwestern Region / San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross at (210) 582-1948.

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

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