Clearwater, FL, Thursday, May 5, 2016 – Volunteers from the American Red Cross and the Church of Scientology will be going door to door in Capri and Southern Comfort Mobile Home Parks installing free smoke alarms and educating residents on home fire safety on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 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 will meet at the Red Cross Clearwater Office at 2481 Sunset Point Rd at 8:30 a.m. After a brief orientation, volunteers divide into teams, receive their supplies and begin going door to door throughout pre-designated areas.
Capri Mobile Home Park and Southern Comfort Mobile Home Park are located off of US Hwy 19 N.
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. Over 290,000 smoke alarms have been installed in at-risk homes across the country.
Campaign Saving Lives
As of the beginning of April 2016, 85 people attributed their survival of a home fire to the Red Cross and partners in this nationwide effort including a St. Cloud, FL man. In mid-January, volunteers from the Central Florida Region of the American Red Cross went door to door in the St. Cloud neighborhood where 76 year-old Michael Vance resides. Early Sunday morning on February 28, Michael’s alarm clock light flickered; he smelled a light scent of smoke. Michael got up to investigate and that’s when the shrill sound of the Red Cross smoke alarm permeated the home. He knew from the Fire Escape Planning and Fire Safety Education that he received during the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign visit that he had to evacuate his house immediately once the smoke alarm sounded and he was not to go back into his home.
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.
According to the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office, there are more than 209 fires in Florida homes every day. Forty percent start in the kitchen; over 22 percent are caused by faulty wiring, followed by careless smoking, children playing with matches or lighters and unattended heating devices.
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.
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 cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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