Friday, June 16, 2017

Red Cross to Install Free Smoke Alarms in Reedsport

RED CROSS TO INSTALL FREE SMOKE ALARMS IN REEDSPORT


News Release from American Red Cross - Cascades Region
Posted on FlashAlert: June 16th, 2017 10:54 AM
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The local Red Cross offers free smoke alarm installation and fire safety education in Reedsport.

REEDSPORT, Ore., June 16, 2017 -- Home fires are the single greatest disaster threat to American homes and families. In fact, an average of seven people die every day in home fires in the U.S. 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. Since October of 2014, the Red Cross and its community partners have helped save numerous lives, installing more than 13,000 smoke alarms in Oregon and Southwest Washington and more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.

The local Red Cross is working to save lives by installing smoke alarms in homes that need them in Reedsport. A working smoke alarm can cut the risk of death or injury by home fire in half. The Red Cross is committed to making Reedsport homes safer by installing free smoke alarms in homes that need them on an ongoing basis.

Community members can schedule an appointment for Red Cross volunteers to install a free smoke alarm by:

- Visiting redcross.org/CascadesHomeFire
- Calling 541-749-4144
- Sending an email to preparedness@redcross.org

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

About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters, supplies roughly 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 Facebook at Red Cross Cascades Region, Twitter at @RedCrossCasc and Instagram @RedCrossCascades.
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