Community volunteers rally to help educate residents on fire safety.
Tampa Bay FL, Thursday, Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – The American Red Cross of Tampa Bay has partnered with the Tarpon Springs Fire Department to provide residents of the Union Academy neighborhood of Tarpon Springs with free smoke alarms, Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This event is part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years.
Volunteers from the Red Cross of Tampa Bay, the Tarpon Springs Fire Department and community volunteer groups will go door to door to approximately 500 homes promoting fire safety, helping residents make an emergency plan and installing free smoke alarms.
Members of the community who have partnered to support this event: Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, Fire Explorers, Citizen Alliance for Progress, Tarpon Springs High School.
Volunteers will meet at the Tarpon Springs Rec Center located at 400 S. Walton Ave. at 9:30 a.m. After a brief orientation, volunteers will be divided into teams, receive their supplies and begin going door to door throughout the pre-designated areas.
In October 2014, the American Red Cross launched an unprecedented, nationwide effort, the Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years.
As of the end of August, 26 people attributed their survival of a home fire to the Red Cross and partners in this nationwide effort. Nearly 126,000 smoke alarms have been installed in at-risk homes.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans.
The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing 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 Tampa Bay, the Red Cross responded to nearly 450 home fires last year.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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