Fire Prevention Week: Red Cross Says Practice Escape Plans, Test Smoke Alarms
Red Cross Home Fire Campaign Has Saved 642 Lives Nationwide in Five Years
October 05, 2019
LIFESAVING HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN MARKS FIVE YEARS
Home fires take seven lives each day in the U.S., most often in homes without working smoke alarms. In the last fiscal year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) alone, the Red Cross of Alaska responded to over 435 disasters across the state, and the vast majority of those disasters were home fires. That’s why the Red Cross is working with partners to install free smoke alarms in high-risk communities and help families create escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign, which launched five years ago in October 2014.
Over the past five years, the campaign has saved at least 642 lives across the country by:
PRACTICE YOUR PLAN, TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARMS
For free home fire safety resources, visit redcross.org/homefires or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
In Fiscal Year 2019, the American Red Cross of Alaska responded to 435 disasters by offering food, shelter, relief supplies, comfort, hope and recovery services to 1,096 Alaskans in 50 communities statewide. The American Red Cross of Alaska preparedness teams installed 2,171 free smoke alarms and educated 1,409 youth through The Pillowcase Project. Their Training Services department enrolled 19,665 students in first aid/CPR/AED, aquatics and caregiving classes. Service to the Armed Forces staff exchanged 1,299 emergency messages for U.S. military service personnel and their families. T
The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. In Fiscal Year 2019, American Red Cross of Alaska's statewide workforce of 729 volunteers logged 40,735 hours in service to our mission and their fellow Alaskans.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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