Community volunteers rally to help educate residents on fire safety.
Tampa Bay FL, Wednesday, October 14, 2015 – The American Red Cross of Tampa Bay has partnered with Telemundo Tampa and the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue to provide residents of Wimauma neighborhoods with free smoke alarms and fire safety information on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 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, Telemundo Tampa’s news team, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Greater Tampa C.E.R.T. and Sun City Center C.E.R.T. and other organizations will go door to door promoting fire safety, helping residents make an emergency plan and installing free smoke alarms.
“We are so excited to partner with Telemundo Tampa,” said Linda Jorge Carbone, CEO of the Central Florida Region and the Tampa Bay Chapter. “With their help, we can reach more people in our Latino communities and help educate them on fire safety, preparedness and how to protect their families and homes.”
Registered volunteers will meet at the First Baptist Church, 5701 Camp St., Wimauma at 9:00 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 depart- ments 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.