(ROCK HILL, N.C. – Nov. 30, 2018) – Some Rock Hill families may sleep a little better today following the installation of free smoke alarms in homes Thursday. After a tragic death in the Southland community last month, American Red Cross volunteers and members of the Rock Hill Fire Department and the South Carolina State Fire Organization teamed up Thursday to help make the neighborhood safer from home fires. Two hundred thirty-nine alarms were installed and 54 homes were made safer.
“A home fire death in any community is devastating,” said Joe Hayes, executive director for the American Red Cross serving Northern South Carolina. “We hope by checking existing alarms, installing new alarms where needed, and helping families create escape plans, we have helped empower our neighbors with the knowledge and tools they need to better protect their families.”
Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out so having an escape plan is as important as a working smoke alarm. To learn more about how to create a plan and other fire safety tips, visit redcross.org. To request a smoke alarm, installation or to have smoke alarms tested, visit soundthealarm.org.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters every year. The majority of these disasters are home fires. On average, 7 people die and 36 people suffer injuries in a home fire every day. In 2014, the Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign with a goal of reducing home fire deaths and injuries by 25-percent by installing free smoke alarms in homes and educating families on how to prepare and educate their family. To date, there have been 474 verified lives saved as a result of the campaign, including one in our region.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
The Red Cross mission is delivered through the commitment and passion of its volunteers. Whether you have 4 hours a month or 4 hours a day, there’s a place for you. If interested in joining the Red Cross, discover the possibilities at redcross.org/volunteer.
The Red Cross is able to provide services such as home fires response, shelters, casework assistance, free smoke alarms and other services free thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to help the Red Cross provide assistance to people impacted by disasters such as home fires, may donate at redcross.org/greater-carolinas or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.