One of the readers of this blog is a staffer at the Red Cross. She asked that I share this information about home preparedness.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. But new research from the American Red Cross shows that Americans underestimate the chance that a home fire could happen to them and are unaware of simple steps that can help keep them safe.
- In fact…Only 1 in 4 people believe they are likely to experience a home fire in their lifetime
- About 40% of people have forgotten to turn off a stove or oven, even though cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
- 80% of people believe everyone in their household knows what to do when a smoke alarm goes off. But the fact is that less than half have a plan in place, and only about half have practiced that plan.
- 1 out of 10 have had to sacrifice buying other essentials for their families to purchase a smoke alarm.
The Red Cross is combating these statistics and misinformation by installing smoke alarms and discussing fire safety nationwide. To continue to save lives, the Red Cross will Sound the Alarm about fire safety through a series of smoke alarm installation events in more than 100 high-risk communities in the United States. In just 16 days – from April 28 to May 13 – volunteers and partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms. So far, the Red Cross and partners have installed 1.1 million smoke alarms that have saved 381 lives.
For more information, visit the site www.soundthealarm.org to find opportunities in their area.
See also stories from Families Saved by Smoke Alarms: https://vimeo.com/262437348/722af2a8f9