Red Cross Installs Hundreds of Smoke Alarms across South Florida in October

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(November 03, 2015) —  In just one year, the American Red Cross’ nationwide Home Fire Campaign is credited with saving at least 26 lives.  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. During the month of October the South Florida Region installed 696 smoke alarms in 349 homes.  The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign aims to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by as much as 25% over the next five years.

 “In this country, seven people lose their lives every day from a home fire,” said Carlos Castillo, Regional Disaster Program Officer for the Red Cross. “Even one death from a home fire is tragic. Over the next few years, the Home Fire Campaign will keep going on to help protect people and prepare them for emergencies like a fire in their home.”

Red Cross Chapter

Counties within the

Red Cross Chapter

Number of Smoke Alarm Installations

Broward County Chapter

Broward County

77

Florida’s Southern Gulf Chapter

Lee County, Collier County, Hendry County, & Glades County

233

Florida’s Coast to Heartland Chapter

Indian River County, St. Lucie County, Okeechobee County, & Highlands County

201

Palm Beach & Martin County Chapter

Palm Beach County & Martin County

151

Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter

Miami-Dade County & Monroe County

46

TOTAL:

13 Counties

696

Totals in the Broward County Chapter & Greater Miami-Dade Chapter will begin to increase over the next few months.

“Our work is not over, we’ll continue  to go door-to-door and home-to-home installing smoke alarms.  We know smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half,” continued Castillo. “As we enter into cooler months for the year, we’ll begin to see these numbers steadily increase especially for the  Broward Chapter and Greater Miami & The Keys Chapter.”

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. This campaign is part of the American Red Cross efforts to reduce the number deaths and injuries caused by home fires in the United States by 25 percent over the next five years.  Smoke alarm installation is critical to reducing home fire deaths. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that 4% of homes without smoke alarms represent more than one quarter of reported home fires and more than one-third of home fire deaths. NFPA research further indicates that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Despite this compelling evidence, the need for smoke alarms remains great. The Vision 20/20 project, a prevention initiative of the Institution of Fire Engineers, U.S. Branch, estimates a need for more than 100 million smoke alarms in U.S. homes today.

HOW TO HELP

Those who would like to help people affected by disasters like home fires, floods, and other crises can make a donation to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donate by visiting www.redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.

VOLUNTEER

Learn what it’s like to be a Red Cross disaster volunteer. The American Red Cross is calling on community members to join the team to make sure the South Florida Region Red Cross is ready when a disaster strikes. For more information visit our website.

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/southflorida or visit us on Twitter at @SFLRedCross.

 

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