Seven times a day, someone in this country dies in a home fire. Home fires kill more people in an average year than every other domestic natural disaster combined.
To help combat this problem, the American Red Cross has launched a multi-year nationwide initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25% by the end of 2019.
The Home Fire Campaign is focused on outreach, education and awareness. Working in conjunction with local fires departments and other community partners, the Red Cross is building coalitions in communities across the Central and Southern Illinois Region. These coalitions are helping the Red Cross organize volunteer teams to visit homes and install free smoke alarms, replace alarm batteries and help residents make home fire escape plans.
Use this link to make your own fire escape plan. Make sure to practice it at least twice a year with your family.
The Red Cross is conducting both appointment-based smoke alarm installations and door-to-door canvassing installation events. To check appointment availability in your area, contact us at www.getasmokealarm.org or call your local Red Cross office.
Canvassing events are held in pre-determined communities or neighborhoods. Prior to the installation day, volunteers will pre-canvass the neighborhood placing door hangers alerting residents to the upcoming event. On the rally day, volunteers will go door-to-door in the select area installing alarms, replacing smoke alarm batteries and helping residents make a home fire escape plan. There are no fees for resident for any of the services provided for the Home Fire Campaign.
Volunteers are needed throughout the Central and Southern Illinois Region to assist with smoke alarm installations and educating residents on the importance of having a home fire escape plan. We are recruiting volunteers for appointment-based installation teams and rally event installation teams. Volunteers will receive training and will work in teams of three. We welcome individual volunteers and encourage civic organizations and businesses to participate. For more information about volunteering for the Home Fire Campaign, please email Samuel.Evans@redcross.org.
Upcoming Community Smoke Alarm Installation Events:
- Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Peoria, Illinois
- Saturday, January 16, 2016 – Springfield, Illinois
- Monday, January 18, 2016 – Champaign, Illinois