From American Red Cross:
Nationwide, it happens 7 times a day. More often than not, the tragic loss of life could have been prevented had the home been equipped with functional smoke alarms. In fact, 60 percent of all fire-related fatalities occur in homes without a functional smoke alarm, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
As part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, the American Red Cross, the Aberdeen Fire Department, the Halls Cross Roads Elementary School and what we expect to be upwards of 100 plus volunteers will be assisting us in installing up to 1,000 free smoke alarms in Aberdeen for the American Red Cross MLK National Day of Service. Additional partners for this event include Maryland Gold Star Mothers, Harford County Fire Departments, Service members from Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Aberdeen Lions Club, Mountain Christian Church disaster team and Second Saturday Serve Volunteers, Habitat for Humanity of Susquehanna, and more.
“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 Scott Salemme, Regional Chief Executive Officer “We also will be teaching people how to be safe should a fire occur in their home.”
When: Saturday, January 14, 2017 and Monday, January 16, 2017 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
Where: Meet at Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary School, 203 East Bel Air Avenue, Aberdeen, MD at 8:45am
Who: Volunteers from and around Aberdeen and partner organizations.
The general public and organizations are STILL encouraged to volunteer for this event!!
How: Training on site Sat & Mon mornings – Register to help by visiting https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form_629 or phone Bobbi Livingston at 410.624.2040
SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES
There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:
• If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
• If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
• Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
Residents needing smoke alarms may contact the American Red Cross at 410-624-2000. More information is available through RedCross.org/homefires.