Red Cross and Local Organizations Partner to Make Communities Safer
Veterans Continue to Serve
(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – May 10, 2017) – The American Red Cross Charlotte Metro Chapter’s Service to the Armed Forces volunteers are partnering with veterans’ groups from local organizations and businesses to conduct a home fire safety canvassing event Saturday in the Lakewood and Reid Park communities. This is part of the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign and our centennial commitment to help make 100 high fire response communities in our region safer this year. For the veterans volunteering their time, it is a way for them to continue to serve after active duty.
Volunteers will visit homes offering to install free smoke alarms, replace expired batteries and check expiration dates in existing smoke alarms free of charge, and help residents create escape plans in the event of a home fire or other emergency.
Veterans representing the following organizations will be on hand Saturday participating in the event:
American Red Cross Charlotte Metro Chapter
Carolinas HealthCare System
Charlotte Bridge Home
“As we respond to help families every day after home fires in our region, this event is another example of our commitment to reduce home fire deaths and injuries, and prevent fires,” said Angela A. Broome, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region. “We encourage our Lakewood and Reid Park neighbors who need working smoke alarms to be home during our door-to-door effort Saturday so they may take advantage of this lifesaving opportunity.”
The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign was launched in 2014 as a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent. As of April, 2017, the Red Cross and its partners have helped save at least 235 lives.
In Mecklenburg County in fiscal year 2016, we installed more than 515 alarms. So far, this fiscal year in Mecklenburg County, we have helped make more 1,500 homes safer with the installation of more than 4,160 alarms, and we have replaced 208 batteries.
“It’s proven,” added Broome. “Early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives.”
While the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, one every 8 minutes, most of them are home fires. Home fires can happen quickly and claim lives and property. However, unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented. Families can keep themselves and their loved ones safe by checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more information about home fire preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/NC.
The smoke alarm canvassing event is Saturday, May 13th. Teams of volunteers will be loading their gear and departing to the Lakewood and Reid Park neighborhoods at about noon from the Covenant Presbyterian Church located at 1000 Morehead Street in Charlotte, NC 28204.