Red Cross, firefighters teach fire safety

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana and the Fort Wayne Fire Department teamed up to help people learn fire safety Saturday.

It was part of the Red Cross’s Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. The Red Cross says seven people die every day in the United States in a home fire and countless others are hurt. The Red Cross hopes its campaign will reduce the number of deaths and injuries by 25 percent in the next five years.

Saturday the teams were checking and installing smoke detectors on the southeast side of Fort Wayne. Residents were taught about fire safety and how to prepare in case of a fire emergency.

The Red Cross checked and installed smoke detectors.
The Red Cross checked and installed smoke detectors.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms,” Katherine Mac Aulay, executive director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, said. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

The Red Cross asks everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: check smoke alarms to make sure they’re working, and if they don’t, replace them and practice fire drills at home.

If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, they should install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Everyone in the family also needs to know how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.

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