(FINDLAY, OH, OCTOBER 22, 2019) – The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is coming to Ada on Saturday, November 2.
A nationwide effort, since 2014 the campaign has saved over 630 lives and installed more than one million smoke alarms in cities and towns across the country. The multi-year campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires.
The Red Cross campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans
The Red Cross will be going through several Ada neighborhoods on Saturday, November 2, starting at 9:00a.m. to install smoke alarms at no cost in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Joining the Red Cross will be the Ohio Northern University Greek Life students.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms,” said Todd James, Executive Director of the North Central Ohio Chapter “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”
Volunteers are needed to help with the smoke alarm installations. Volunteer registration and training will begin at 8:00am in the McIntosh Activities Room on the Ohio Northern University campus. All tools and materials needed will be provided. Refreshments will be served.
Notification will be left at homes in the areas to be visited during the event so families can plan to be present if they want free smoke alarms installed. Appointments for installation on the day of the event can be made by calling the Red Cross at (419) 422-9322.
Simple Steps to Save Lives
The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
.If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
.If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
.Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
.Practice the fire escape plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires.
People can visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire.