From American Red Cross
Did you know that if a fire starts in your home, you may have just two minutes to escape?
The Red Cross in Oregon and Southwest Washington responds to an average of two home fires every day. After these fires, residents have to face finding a place to stay, purchasing food and clothing, replacing lost possessions, notifying loved ones and navigating insurance. More importantly, more than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm.
On Saturday, April 11, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., trained Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in Newport neighborhoods to ask if there is a working smoke alarm in the home; and if not, to install smoke alarms free of charge, review a fire safety and home hazard checklist, and provide information about creating a fire escape plan. In addition, volunteers will share additional home fire and other emergency-preparedness information with residents.
Residents in any part of Newport may also schedule an appointment by calling (503) 528-5783. Residents will receive a one-hour appointment window.
Volunteers are needed for this important outreach effort. Training will be provided at 10 a.m. the day of the event. Individuals, faith-based groups, local business and organizations are welcome to participate. For additional info or to register to volunteer, visit. www.redcross.org/cascadeshfpc.
According to Chris Rampley, fire prevention officer with the Newport Fire Department, home fires cause devastating losses in the community. “Many homes don’t have working smoke alarms to alert occupants about fire. This is an excellent opportunity to save lives,” says Chris.
The American Red Cross has launched a national campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. This campaign is in conjunction with the Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal and the local fire department in Newport will be stepping up to join the Red Cross
The Red Cross advocates emergency preparedness: Get informed. Make a Plan. Build a Kit, and suggests taking a few moments to review your family’s exit plan should there be a fire in your home. Know what to do before, during and after a home fire.
This information, and more, is available at www.redcross.org or in a free Prepare! Resource Guide published by the American Red Cross Cascades Region. The guide can be downloaded at http://rdcrss.org/1zq8XW6.