Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Red Cross and Longview Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Homes that Need Them

RED CROSS AND LONGVIEW FIRE DEPARTMENT TO INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS IN HOMES THAT NEED THEM


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: May 3rd, 2017 5:22 PM
Downloadable file: News Release - Red Cross and Longivew Fire Department to Install Free Smoke Alarms
The Red Cross and the City of Longview Fire Department will team up to install smoke alarms in homes that need them in Longview on May 6.

LONGVIEW, Wash., May 3, 2017 -- The local American Red Cross and the City of Longview Fire Department are partnering to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Longview. On Saturday, May 6, starting at 10 a.m., more than a dozen Red Cross volunteers and firefighters will go door-to-door in the Delray Mobile Home Park in Longview to install free smoke alarms and deliver fire safety information.

In the past month, the Red Cross has responded to help people affected by three home fires in the Longview area alone, including a large residential fire that affected more than 100 people on April 19, 2017. A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death or injury by home fire in half. The Red Cross and the Longview Fire Department are committed to working together to make Longview homes safer by installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them on May 6 and on an ongoing basis.

"We know that smoke alarms save lives," said Jim Kambeitz, Fire Marshal with the Longview Fire Department. "We also know that some members of our community are in need of working smoke alarms in their homes. With the help of the Red Cross we are installing new alarms, checking existing alarms, delivering fire safety information and fulfilling our mission to increase the safety and wellbeing of members of our community."

"The Red Cross would not be able to do what we do without community partners like the Longview Fire Department," said Gabby Rhett, Disaster Program Manager for the Southwest Washington Chapter of the Red Cross. "Installing smoke alarms, helping families develop fire escape plans and saving lives."

The Red Cross installs free smoke alarms in homes that need them and has installed more than 13,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington since 2014. At least five lives have been saved in this area as a result of Red Cross installed smoke alarms. Community members can schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm by visiting redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire or by calling 360-768-3129.


WHAT: Red Cross Smoke Alarm Installation Event

WHEN: Saturday, May 6, 2017, starting at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Delray Mobile Home Park
1112 Tennant Way, Longview, OR 98632

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Longview Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Thompson will be on-site at Delray Mobile Home Park and will be available for media interviews on the day of the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

MAKE A PLAN You may only have two minutes to escape when a fire occurs, but most people mistakenly believe they have more than twice as long to get out. The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice until every member of your household -- including children -- can escape in less than two minutes

RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has been working to reduce that number through its Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

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/Cascades or find us on Twitter at @RedCrossCasc.
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