Help Sound the Alarm in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Be part of the nationwide American Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires.
“Over the last 12 months, the Central and Southwest Oklahoma Red Cross chapter has responded to 1,565 home fires, the Northeast Oklahoma Red Cross chapter has responded to 562 home fires and the Greater Arkansas Red Cross chapter has responded to 194 home fires,” said Brittney Rochell, Regional Communications and Marketing Manager. “In fact, home fires are the biggest disaster threat our community faces, killing seven people in this country every day.”
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of July 17, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 253 lives, reached 858,257 through youth preparedness programs and installed 886,823 free smoke alarms. Here in Arkansas and Oklahoma Region the Red Cross has reached 6,219 through youth preparedness programs and installed 10,282 free smoke alarms.
Please join this important effort. Together, we can Sound the Alarm about fire safety and help save lives. To learn more about the event or to volunteer go to soundthealarm.org.
Help Sound the Alarm by participating in one of these home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events:
Little Rock, Red Cross of Greater Arkansas, September 23, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oklahoma City, Red Cross of Central and Southwest Oklahoma, September 30, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tulsa, Red Cross of Northeast Oklahoma, October 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Red Cross volunteers and local partners will be canvassing neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans.