The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign will visit the Mountain Top area including portions of Fairview, Rice and Wright Townships on Saturday, April 29 starting at 9:00 a. m. to install free smoke alarms 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.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. The Red Cross partners with fire departments and community groups across the country to install smoke alarms in communities and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans.
The Red Cross is partnering with Mountain Top Hose Company No. 1 and the Wright Township Volunteer Fire Department to help make these communities safer. Any person or groups interested in volunteering on that day should call 570-846-3328. Volunteers will meet at the Wright Township Fire Department on South Main Road at 9 a. m. on April 29. The Red Cross will provide all necessary training that morning. Lunch will be served after the installations.
“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 Bill Goldsworthy, Executive Director for the Red Cross of Northeast PA. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”
SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES Even as the Red Cross and other groups install smoke alarms in some neighborhoods, they are calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms.
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.
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 that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit redcross.org/homefiresto find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. If you need smoke alarms, please call the Red Cross at 570-846-3328. They can become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting the Red Cross at 570-823-7161.
They can also help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org,calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 other disasters every year and most of these are home fires.