HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The American Red Cross and its partners plan to install a record number of smoke alarms – 45,000 – during the month of October in homes across the country as part of a 5-year ongoing national Home Fire Campaign.
The multi-year campaign kicked off across the country in October of 2014 with a goal to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. Working with local fire departments and community groups across the United States, the Red Cross is installing smoke alarms in homes in neighborhoods at the highest risk for home fires. In the last two years, more than half a million smoke alarms have been installed as part of the Home Fire Campaign. The installation of 45,000 smoke alarms in October is the largest goal since the onset of the campaign, representing the highest number of smoke alarm installations in a single month.
The Home Fire Campaign is made possible through the generosity of hundreds of local partner organizations and volunteers, along with corporate partners Fred Meyer, Kidde, Motorola Solutions Foundation and Nationwide Insurance. As of August 31, the Red Cross and 3,600 partners have reached more than 591,000 people through home visits in 7,300 cities and towns all across the country. The Red Cross has also reached more than 581,000 youth through fire safety and preparedness programs.
Join the Red Cross effort to save lives, reduce injuries and cut down on needless losses from home fires by making a financial donation by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800 RED CROSS or texting FIRE to 90999. A gift to Home Fires enables the Red Cross to provide critical services to people impacted by home fires along with the lifesaving tools and information to support prevention efforts.
Learn more about home fire safety at redcross.org, or contact your local Red Cross to find out the location of smoke alarm installation events or to volunteer your time.