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FRANKFORT, KY – On Saturday, January 17 over 40 volunteers from American Red Cross, the Frankfort Fire Department and Ky. State University canvassed areas of South Frankfort providing information on Home Fire Safety and checking for working smoke alarms and batteries. Of the 140 homes visited, 46 new smoke alarms and 43 new batteries were installed free of charge.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross campaign focuses on joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with community groups to install smoke alarms and teach people how to be safe from home fire,” said Paula Rutledge, Volunteer Specialist with the American Red Cross Frankfort office.
The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States and the vast majority of those are home fires. In Frankfort last year, the Red Cross responded to 15 single-family and 1 apartment fire providing assistance to 57 people. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.