Homes Made Safer During Red Cross Sound the Alarm Event in Piedmont Triad
(GREENSBORO, N.C. – May 15, 2018) — Nearly 200 homes are safer after a 3-day effort to install free smoke alarms in the Piedmont Triad area. Last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, volunteers for the American Red Cross serving Piedmont Triad went door-to-door to Sound the Alarm about home fire safety. The event, co-presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) and Lowe’s Home Improvement, brought together more than 250 volunteers from the community who installed 288 smoke alarms and helped make 195 homes safer.
Red Cross Sound the Alarm is Co-Presented in North Carolina by
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and Lowe’s Home Improvement
“Over the course of the 3 days Red Cross volunteers were installing alarms, 1 adult in Davidson County and 5 children in Greensboro lost their lives due to home fires.” said John Hughes, executive director, American Red Cross serving Piedmont Triad Chapter. “Helping save lives is why the Red Cross is committed to installing free smoke alarms in areas that are at higher risk for home fires. We thank the more than 250 volunteers who joined us in the recent extreme heat, knowing the alarm they install today may save a life tomorrow. Our efforts will continue year-round.”
Red Cross volunteers and local partners canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. The sponsors and participants included Blue Cross NC, Lowe’s, Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Resolve by Lowe’s, the Winston-Salem Fire Department, the Greensboro Fire Department, the Lexington Fire Department, and several local businesses or organizations which fielded teams.
(PICTURED ABOVE): Group of volunteers with Greensboro Mayor Nancy B. Vaughan (standing front row 6th from right) and Councilwoman Sharon Hightower (standing front row 11th from left) before heading out to install free smoke alarms in Greensboro.
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, which is the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of April 30, 2018, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416 lives, including at least 1 in our region. We have helped make more than 501,000 homes safer; installed more than 1,207,000 free smoke alarms; and reached more than 1,075,000 through youth preparedness. Here across the Western North Carolina Region, the Red Cross has installed more than 9,400 free smoke alarms and made more than 3,100 homes safer.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.