Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The American Red Cross serving San Bernardino County has been working to reduce that number through the Home Fire Campaign, a multi-year effort in conjunction with Prepare SoCal to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent.
The Red Cross partners with fire departments and community groups across the country to install free smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans
The Ontario Home Fire Campaign will be held on Jan 14, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteers needed, no experience necessary! You can register for the Ontario Home Fire Campaign at http://tinyurl.com/2017HomeFireJan14.
Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country.
SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES The Red Cross is calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms. Other safety steps include:
- If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
- If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
- Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.
- Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?
PrepareSoCal is an American Red Cross multi-region campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters, small and large, by providing tips, tools, and training, and to promote community resiliency with a focus on Southern California’s most vulnerable communities.