Lucky neighborhoods in Owensboro will be getting surprise visits from volunteers with the Western Kentucky Chapter of the American Red Cross, who will be knocking door-to-door on Saturday and installing 10-year smoke alarms. The effort is part of the America Red Cross’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is happening all over the country and involves Red Cross workers joining with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods.
Volunteers of all skill levels are needed to assist with canvassing and installation. All of these services are offered free of charge.
The Red Cross will be going through several pre-selected Owensboro neighborhoods on October 24th starting at 9:00AM to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what to do now in case a fire breaks out in their home.
Joining the Red Cross will be Owensboro Fire Department.
“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 Evelyn Miller, executive director, Western Kentucky Chapter. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”
To volunteer, call the Owensboro office 270-683-2438 or email [email protected]
Thank you for helping save lives.