|This is a press release from Red Cross to Hattiesburg Neighborhoods
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Hattiesburg Fire Department is teaming up with The Mississippi American Red Cross to canvass neighborhoods on Saturday, September 9th to teach people how to be prepared for home fires and install smoke alarms where needed. The service is free and the goal is to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries as part of a state-wide Home Fire Campaign.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. Countless others suffer injuries. To combat these tragic statistics, the Red Cross has launched the campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.
“Home fires can be a deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” said American Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist Michael Andersons. “We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home.”
The Home Fire Campaign is happening all over Mississippi and involves the Red Cross joining with local emergency management agencies, fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods with high risk for fires. Those visits include educating people about fire safety through door-to-door visits and installation of smoke alarms in some of these neighborhoods. The campaign also includes taking appointments throughout the county.
For more information about the Home Fire Campaign or how you can make an appointment for installation or volunteer, please contact Michael Andersons, American Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist, at (601) 582-8151.