To help save lives and increase preparedness, residents throughout Oregon and SW Washington can get free Smoke Alarms in their home by calling 503.528.5783. Smoke alarms have a tamper-resistant, 10-year lithium battery and are installed free of charge to residents.
Last year, the Red Cross responded to more than 60,000 home fires across the U.S., including an average of two every day in Oregon and SW Washington. The effort is part of a national Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, launched in 2014 by the American Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/
Through the installation of lifesaving smoke alarms and assisting families with home Fire Prevention planning, the campaign aims to reduce death and injury caused by home fi res by 25 percent over five years.
More than 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes without a working smoke alarm. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.
Volunteers are needed for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in our region. Working in teams, volunteers canvass designated neighborhoods to install smoke alarms, educate families about fire prevention and map fire escape routes. Training is provided at each event, so all that is required is a commitment of time and a willingness to help.
We encourage individuals, as well as businesses, church groups and other civic organizations to volunteer.