One Alarm Could Save a Life

By Geof Sloan, Volunteer Contributor 

In January 2017, Red Cross volunteers across the country committed to installing smoke alarms in homes that needed them as part of our nationwide Martin Luther King Day of Service. In the Central and South Texas Region, more than 300 volunteers installed 802 smoke alarms in a single day.

But the impact of the Home Fire Campaign extends beyond any single day. People can call the Red Cross any day of the year if they need smoke alarms or fire safety education.

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Red Cross volunteers made a house call to the Scott family in Georgetown, Texas to install free smoke alarms and help them develop an escape plan.

Georgetown resident Donald Scott heard about the Home Fire Campaign on the news, and contacted the Central Texas Red Cross office to inquire about obtaining smoke alarms for his residence.

“The people at the office were extremely nice, and we would like to thank them for their timely manner in which they were able to schedule and install the new smoke detectors,” said Mr. Scott.

Austin volunteers LaToya Kelly and Geof Sloan visited the Scott home to perform the education portion of the campaign and install new smoke detectors in the home.

Mr. Scott is disabled, and was especially concerned about the possibility of a house fire because he has trouble getting around.  He said he felt much safer with this extra level of safety in his home.

“I appreciated the information the installers provided on the smoke alarms, and also reviewing the details of our fire escape plan in case of any fire emergency or smoke issue.  We would like to thank the Red Cross and the Fire Department for the smoke detector installation,” Mr. Scott said.

Since the Home Fire Campaign launched in 2014, we know that nearly 160 lives have been saved. People just like Mr. Scott suffered home fires and were able to escape with their lives because of a Red Cross-installed smoke alarm.

If you or someone you know needs working smoke alarms, or if you would like to volunteer to install smoke alarms in your community, visit our Central & South Texas Region Home Fire Campaign website.

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One Alarm Could Save a Life