COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The American Red Cross of West Central Georgia will be visiting door to door in the Columbus community as part of its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.
The purpose of the campaign is to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install free smoke alarms where needed. This campaign will be a combined effort with Fort Benning and will focus on military and veteran homes in Columbus and Phenix City, in addition to the surrounding area.
This combined Red Cross and Fort Benning home fire safety campaign is the first of its kind in the country.
Seven times a day someone in the U.S. dies in a home fire, and 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 fire alarms.
The Red Cross will be going through the Columbus and Phenix City community on Saturday, Dec, 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.to canvas the community's needs for smoke detectors and to offer free installation of smoke detectors.
"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," said Adelaide Kirk, Executive Director – American Red Cross of West Central Georgia. "We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire."
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,
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?
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