Plant City, Fla., Aug. 5, 2016 –Every eight minutes, a family calls out for help in the aftermath of a home fire. Every eight minutes, neighbors answer that call for help. Help arrives on each family’s doorstep in the form of local Red Cross volunteers, first responders, or corporations offering relief and hope to local families in need.
For that reason, the Red Cross, along with one of its community partners, The Mosaic Company, will support Plant City neighbors to reduce the impact of home fires by installing free smoke detectors. Volunteers will be visiting homes on Aug. 5, in the Oakbrook Mobile Home Park from 1-4 p.m. The team of volunteers has taken specialized training to install smoke alarms, create personalized fire safety plans, and teach residents how to prepare for and prevent a home fire.
Plant City saw an uptick in home fires this year with 66 people, including 37 children, needing assistance after losing their home to a fire. Neighborhoods chosen by the fire department for smoke alarm installations have endured an increase in home fires or have suffered recent hospitalizations caused by a fire.
“Our partners and volunteers make it possible for us to bring light to families on their darkest day,” said Linda Carbone, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross in Central Florida. “We have been incredibly fortunate to partner with Mosaic, who first reached out to us in 2004. In the wake of Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne, their team provided resources, trucks, logistics, and many of their own volunteers. Since then, Mosaic has continued to serve as a critical partner and a good neighbor to local families in need.”
Mosaic support continues to fund disaster relief and the Home Fire Campaign in Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Polk, and Manatee Counties where a staggering 1,883 of our neighbors suffered a disaster in the past year. 92% of those disasters were home fires.
“Mosaic is proud to partner with the Red Cross and support the critical work they do to help people in our community who are impacted by a disaster such as a hurricane or a home fire” said, Eileen Stuart, Mosaic’s Vice President, Public Affairs – Phosphates.
The Aug. 5th event will take place as part of the national Home Fire Campaign aimed at reducing deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25%. To date, the Red Cross has installed 11,558 alarms in neighborhoods across Central Florida. These efforts make a vital difference. Volunteers provided smoke alarms and fire safety plans to one of our Central Florida neighbors in April. Two weeks later, these efforts saved his life.
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