Earlier this year, a mother and three children safely escaped a devastating home fire, thanks to a free smoke alarm that was installed by the American Red Cross and Indianapolis Fire Department in October 2014.
“The smoke detector was going off, even though I didn’t know what it was, that got me out of bed to look and see what was going on,” said Michele Geis.
Thankfully, the smoke alarm gave Geis enough time to gather her baby and two toddlers to get out of their burning home.
“I mean we never thought there would be a fire in our house,” said Geid. “I was surprised how fast it happened and so I would definitely recommend to get that (smoke alarm) because instead of losing some of our belongings, we could have been going to a funeral this week.”
Every eight minutes the Red Cross responds to a home fire or other disaster. To help combat the threat of home fires, the Red Cross announced a national campaign in October 2014 to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The Red Cross has already installed more than 95,000 smoke alarms and helped make more than 40,000 household evacuation plans.