Community volunteers rally to help educate residents on fire safety.
Tampa Bay FL, Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – The American Red Cross of Tampa Bay has partnered with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue to provide residents of the Sugarcreek/Buffalo Estates neighborhood with free smoke alarms Saturday, December 5, 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, Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Greater Tampa CERT, Hillsborough County Neighborhood Relations, NAACP, USF, Sugarcreek & Buffalo Estates Civic Association, Plant High School Jr. ROTC and Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Florida will go door to door to more than 400 homes promoting fire safety, helping residents make an emergency plan and installing free smoke alarms.
Volunteers will meet at the Springhill Missionary Baptist Church located at 8119 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at 9:00 a.m. After a brief orientation, volunteers divide 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 September, 28 people attributed their survival of a home fire to the Red Cross and partners in this nationwide effort. Over 140,000 smoke alarms have been installed in at-risk homes across the country.
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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