Volunteers carry out 90% of the humanitarian work of the Red Cross. Whether helping one displaced family or thousands, providing care and comfort to an ill or injured service member or veteran, or teaching others how to respond in emergencies, it’s through the efforts of ordinary people that we can do extraordinary things.
This Martin Luther King Day of Service was no exception. Throughout the day bearing the cold, volunteers gathered from across the region to participate in smoke alarm installation events for MLK Day of Service. For some it was their first event. For others, one of many. When asked the question to one volunteer, why did you come out today, they answered, “I wanted to do my part in making the community a better and safer place.”
As part of the MLK Day of Service, the Red Cross Eastern PA region held six smoke alarm installation events across our 17 county region. This is part of the Home Fire Campaign to make our communities safer and better prepared by installing free smoke alarms and educating the community on fire safety.
Philadelphia: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Ashland, Schuylkill County: Saturday, January 13, 2018
Reading, Berks County: Monday, January 15, 2018
Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County: Monday January 15, 2018
Norristown, Montgomery County: Monday, January 15, 2018
Carbondale, Lackawanna County: Monday January 15, 2018
Red Cross volunteers, along with local fire departments and our community partners, went door-to-door to speak with residents and educate them on potential home fire hazards and risks. Fire safety information was provided in English and Spanish and residents received free smoke alarms installed in their homes.
Overall, we installed more than 500 smoke alarms!
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire and on average 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent. Since its inception in 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has 303 documented lives saved nationwide.
Stay tuned as we Sound the Alarm this spring. We will have more smoke alarm events throughout the region and will need your help in installing more alarms and educating the community.
To become a Red Cross volunteer visit, www.redcross.org/volunteer.