(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - May 1, 2018) — Volunteers for the American Red Cross serving Charlotte Metro went door-to-door Friday and Saturday in west Charlotte to Sound the Alarm about home fire safety. The event, co-presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and Lowe’s Home Improvement brought together more than 270 volunteers from the community who installed 648 smoke alarms and helped make 282 homes safer.
“The event was a big success and an important step in helping educate and empower residents about how to be safe should a fire should occur in their home,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Western North Carolina. “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”
Red Cross volunteers and local partners canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. The sponsors and participants included Blue Cross NC, Lowe’s, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Resolve by Lowe’s, the Charlotte Fire Department, and several local businesses or organizations which fielded teams.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, which is the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of April 30, 2018, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416 lives, including at least 1 in our region. We have helped make more than 501,000 homes safer; installed more than 1,207,000 free smoke alarms; and reached more than 1,075,000 through youth preparedness. Here across the Western North Carolina Region, the Red Cross has installed more than 9,400 free smoke alarms and made more than 3,100 homes safer.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.