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2017-04-20

Red Cross installs Free Smoke Detectors April 22nd

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Home Fires Are #1 Disaster Responded to by Red Cross in the U.S.

The American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country and its partners will install free smoke alarms and distribute fire safety information on April 22, as part of its nationwide Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries.
Anyone can sign up to volunteer for this event by calling the American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country at (210) 612-2557. All installations will be mapped out and take place on the 22nd of April in Bandera, Texas. Training will take place at Bandera Electric starting at 9 am.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we are seeking volunteers to support our campaign efforts on April 22nd to install smoke alarms” said Jacques DuBose, Executive Director for the American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country. “And as a part of National Fire Preparedness Month we will be teaching people how to create a fire safety plan at each installation. We are excited to have BEC onboard as a partner for this event! We appreciate the staff willing to volunteer their time to help with this very important imitative.”
IMPACT OF HOME FIRES & RED CROSS RESPONSE
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire and on average 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent by 2020. Since 2014 the Home Fire Campaign has saved nearly 200 lives nationwide.
Home fires remain the biggest disaster threat to individuals and families in the United States and the number one disaster the Red Cross responds to in America. This campaign is in direct response to that dire threat, with the Red Cross committing to install 2.5 million free smoke alarms in neighborhoods at high risk for fires, and to educate those residents about fire prevention and preparedness.
HOW CAN
PEOPLE HELP
Call 830-257-4677 to be a volunteer for the HFC smoke alarm installation on April 22nd and visit redcross.org/homefires to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones from a fire.
HOME FIRE SAFETY, A FEW SIMPLE STEPS
Most home fires can be prevented. The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarm and practice fire drills at home.
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of survival in a fire:
• If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives and practice.
• If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
• Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and the home in less than two minutes.
• Practice the plan with home fire drills. What’s the household’s escape time? An individual only has two minutes.
HOW TO GET A FREE SMOKE ALARM & INSTALLATION:
The Red Cross will be installing free smoke alarms throughout the year. People can call the American Red Cross Serving the Texas Hill Country at (830) 257-4677 or visit redcross.org/Kerrville if they need a free smoke alarm.
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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 visit www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.