Red Cross volunteers can push against house fires

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you want to be part of a big push that may save lives and make an impact in your community? Your volunteer work with the American Red Cross can help decrease the number of injuries and fatalities from house fires. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves, open your heart and join others in the effort.

Volunteers with the Southern Missouri Region of the Red Cross will be going into two areas of Springfield (Zip codes 65802 and 65807) on Saturday, Oct. 11. As part of a national “Home Fire Preparedness Campaign” this door-to-door campaign will target high-risk areas and provide fire safety education directly to residents. The homeowners or renters will be encouraged to allow the Springfield Fire Department to return to install smoke alarms and/or replace batteries.

But that’s only the first push. This will be an ongoing effort for several months in other areas and other towns. You could push to make your town, your neighborhood a focus of the campaign that is national in scope.

Upcoming opportunities: Nov. 11 at the Grape Stomp Festival and Nov. 18 at the Domino’s Pizza Customer Appreciation Day, both in Hollister; on Oct. 14 at the First Baptist Church on Gratz Street in Noel; and Nov. 8 in Southwest City.

Why is your effort important?

A working smoke alarm is known to double the likelihood of surviving a home fire. That fact is driving a Red Cross national goal to reduce deaths and injuries in home fires by 25 percent in the next five years.

If you are already a Red Cross volunteer and would like to help go to Volunteer Connection and sign up (volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form__3380).

This is an attainable goal – starting with your decision to help. To find out more about the Home Fire Prevention Campaign and how you can get involved, please contact Terra Jeffres 417-832-9500 x3112 or by email, terra.jeffres@redcross.org.

Nigel Holderby-Nigel Holderby
Interim Executive Director, Southern Missouri Region of the American Red Cross
Springfield

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