In just one year, at least 26 people are alive today thanks to a nationwide campaign spearheaded by the American Red Cross to save lives and reduce injuries from home fires. More than 63,000 families are safer thanks to the smoke alarms and safety education they received in their homes from Red Cross volunteers, firefighters and other community partners. And more than 311,000 children have learned to be safer in emergencies from Red Cross volunteers and apps.
“In this country, seven people lose their lives every day from a home fire,” said Russ Paulsen, Executive Director of Community Preparedness for the Red Cross. “Even one death from a home fire is tragic, because every single one of these deaths is preventable. When communities work together, we know we can reach more families, install life-saving smoke alarms in their homes and teach fire safety. And thanks to the American Red Cross and our partners, that’s happening from coast to coast.”
The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a multi-year effort to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working alongside fire departments and community groups across the country, the Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms in nearly 2,400 cities and towns.
People of all ages are vulnerable to home fires. During the course of this campaign, we were gratified and thrilled that among others, the lives were saved of a two-month-old baby, a 73-year-old grandmother, and 11 members of an extended New Orleans family by new smoke alarms that the Red Cross and our partners installed.
BY THE NUMBERS
Launching nationwide in October 2014, the Red Cross and more than 1,900 local partners and 40 national partners have:
- Saved 26 lives in six states (Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Louisiana, South Dakota and Texas)
- Installed more than 125,000 smoke alarms in nearly 2,400 cities and towns
- Reached more than 485,000 people with safety information, including more than 311,000 youth
- Visited more than 63,000 homes 50 states and 3 territories
Call the local Red Cross office to schedule an appointment to have a smoke alarm installed in your house or apartment! (702) 697-1707