Red Cross Shares Fire Safety Tips

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Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported. Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. In Utah, the Red Cross responds to a fire on average every 2.5 days, nationally every 8 minutes.  Damage from U.S. home fires is bigger than the entire annual sales of many Fortune 500 companies.
 
For the past 20 years, these numbers have been relatively stagnant.
 
By mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors, the American Red Cross and their coalition partners are attacking this stagnation. In an unprecedented, nationwide effort to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach, they are saving lives, reducing injuries, and cutting down on needless losses.
 
The goal is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years.  This basically happens in two ways:
 
1.)   Door to door installation of smoke alarms, replacement batteries as needed, and completion of home fire safety checklists and written evacuation plan
 
2.)   A marketing and public relations campaign to motivate ordinary people to take action to save themselves, their families and their neighbors by checking smoke alarms and practicing evacuating when the alarm goes off

In the upcoming 12 month period, the Utah Red Cross will install an additional 2,000 alarms while distributing preparedness and safety information.  Besides conducting weekly canvassing events throughout the state, people that need smoke alarms (up to 3 per house) can call the Red Cross and they will come install them at no cost. 

Log on to redcross.org for more information.

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