LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KFTA) – The American Red Cross is starting a nationwide effort to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
Red Cross of Greater Arkansas is holding a “Sound the Alarm” home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event starting April 27.
Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing local neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.
“Over the last 12 months, the Greater Arkansas Red Cross chapter has responded to numerous home fires. In fact home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day,” said Kendra Peterson, regional communications and marketing manager. “Please help us “Sound the Alarm” by volunteering to install smoke alarms in your community, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.”
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival.
The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
You can volunteer with your community’s local effort by clicking here.