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American Red Cross and Wallingford FD seek volunteers for fire alarm installation

By Staff | Oct 5, 2016

With the American Red Cross, Greater Iowa Chapter

WALLINGFORD – The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign continues in Iowa and across the country to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent by 2020.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Home Fire Campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans

On Saturday, October 15, Red Cross volunteers will team up with the Wallingford Fire Department to go door-to-door to install new, free smoke alarms and help create fire escape plans.

“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 Tammy Lee, executive director for the North and Western Iowa Chapter of the Red Cross “We will also be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help check for working smoke alarms, install new batteries or free smoke alarms and talk to residents about creating and practicing their fire escape plans. Those interested in volunteering are asked to register using this link: www.redcross.org/wallingford-smoke-alarm. Neighborhood canvassing will take place from approximately 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

Cody Petersen, Disaster Health Services supervisor and DAT?captain for the North and Western Iowa chapter of the American Red Cross, said, “We hope volunteers will show up at the Wallingford Community Center a little early for some brief training.”?

“Even one death from a home fire is tragic,” said Lee. “Over the next few years, the Home Fire Campaign will keep on going to help protect people and prepare them for emergencies like a fire in their home.”

Since October 2014 and the beginning of the Home Fire Campaign in Iowa, Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed more than 6,300 smoke alarms in homes in 40 Iowa communities. On January 25, 2016, a smoke alarm installed by Fort Dodge Firefighters, and Red Cross and Walmart volunteers alerted Jamie Robinson, Ed Derrig and their two young daughters, to a fire in their home. All got out safely because of the new smoke alarms and the escape plan they created with Red Cross volunteer, Peggy Jordan on Oct. 24, 2015.

Home Fire Campaign supporters and partners here in Iowa include: The Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Firefighters Association, Nationwide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, State Farm, Mercy Medical Center Sioux City, Transamerica, KCRG-TV9, KTIV and Walmart.

Two minutes to escape

It is estimated that someone may have only two minutes to get out after a fire starts in their home. As part of the campaign, the Red Cross is also asking every household in America to take two simple steps that can save lives: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. Every family should develop a fire escape plan and practice it.

Get involved

People can visit redcross.orgto find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire or contact their local Red Crossto find out about smoke alarm installation events in their community. They can also help by volunteering their time or making a donation today to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to hurricanes and more. Learn more about how Disaster Relief donations have helped people affected by previous disastersincluding home fires.