Red Cross plans Kendallville event to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The American Red Cross home fire campaign continues in Northeast Indiana and across the country to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

The results of a 2015 survey issued by the Red Cross indicated that 41 percent of participants felt confident they could get out of a burning in under two minutes and that as much as 64 percent of parents believe their children would know what to do if a fire occurred, according to a press release.

However, many of these families admitted they didn’t take key steps to help keep their family safe. Only 10% of families have practiced home fire drills, according to the press release.

To help families better prepare, Red Cross offered the following reminders to increase chances of surviving a fire:

  • If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one at every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Local building codes vary and there may be additional requirements where someone lives.
  • If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.
  • Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of  every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Practice that plan.

The Red Cross will be going through Kendallville on Friday, September 9, beginning at 9 a.m. to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and to teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home, according to a press release.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with the Kendallville Fire Department to install smoke alarms,” Executive Director of the Northeast Indiana Chapter Katherine MacAulay said in a press release. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

Anyone interested in joining this event should contact the Red Cross at 260-484-9336.



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