American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

In News by Wes Willis, Deputy Director OEM

The American Red Cross will be visiting the Capitol Mobile Home Estates as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. 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 over the next five years.

The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.

The Red Cross will be going through Capitol Mobile Home Estates on May 30, 2015 starting at 12:00 noon to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be Franklin County Fire Department, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and Frankfort-Franklin County Office of Emergency Management.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms. We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”Scott Tibbetts, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager

Simple Steps to Save Lives

The Red Cross is asking everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In Franklin County, Kentucky, the Red Cross responded to 41 households affected by home fires in the last year. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises

There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving 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.
  • If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
  • Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?