Red Cross kicks off new campaign to reduce home fire deaths and injuries

TOPEKA, Ks.(KSNT)- The American Red Cross announced a new campaign in Topeka and across the country to reduce death and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years .

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.

The Red Cross is also 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 in conjunction with the City of Topeka S.A.F.E. Walk and Emergency Fire Preparedness Campaign will be going through the Hi-Crest West community in Topeka on Saturday, Oct. 25  starting at 1 p.m. to promote the S.A.F.E. Program, installing smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. Joining the red Cross will be the Topeka Fire Department, the city of Topeka, Safe Streets and the community Resource Council.

“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 Meghan Spreer, Communications Director, Kansas Capital Area Chapter. ” We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”


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