Message from American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross serving the Coachella Valley/Morongo Basin has been busy teaching local people fire safety and installing free smoke alarms. Seven times a day someone in the US dies in a home fire. The goal is to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent.
The Home Fire Campaign is a nationwide movement and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Besides the installation of free smoke alarms, residents are instructed in both English and Spanish what to do if a fire should break out.
The Campaign is well worth it as installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire by 50 percent. In addition, the Red Cross deals with nearly 66,000 disasters/year in the US with the majority being home fires.
- Creating a home fire escape plan with all family members and practicing it several times/year at different times of the day. Include 2 ways to exit every room and consider fire ladders for elevated rooms. Families should agree on where to meet outside after they’ve exited the home.
- Installing smoke alarms inside and outside of sleeping areas on all levels of the house. Conduct tests monthly and replace batteries as indicated.
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and lends emotional support to disaster victims; provides about 40 percent to the nation’s blood supply; teaches skills that save lives; offers international humanitarian aid, and supports members of the military and their families.
The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization depending on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For additional information, please visit redcross.org/dts or cruzrojaamericana.org.