VERO BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2020) — On Friday, Jan. 3, Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue partnered together to install 114 free smoke alarms at the Town'N Country community in Okeechobee, Fla.
Over the last month, Red Cross volunteers canvassed the area to notify residents of the free smoke alarm installation event.
That day, the Coast to Heartland Chapter and the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue visited over 60 homes and successfully educated 77 individuals on the importance of fire safety and the steps they should take in case they experienced a home fire.
Thanks to the support of the community, 18 Red Cross volunteers and 10 Okeechobee County Fire Rescue Personnel came out to support the Home Fire Campaign.
“This was a very successful event, where we made a significant amount of homes safer in Okeechobee,” said Gary Pelletier, Disaster Program Manager for the Coast to Heartland Chapter. “We look forward to working alongside the Okeechobee County Fire Rescue on more future home fire campaign events.”
Across the country, the Home Fire Campaign is helping save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them and by educating people about fire safety. As of December 20, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved 682 lives.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. To learn more on how you can get involved and become a Red Cross volunteer, visit redcross.org/sflvolunteer or call (772) 562-2549.
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/southflorida or visit us on Facebook or Twitter at @SFLRedCross.