Topeka, KS, Monday, January 6, 2014 — With home fires as the biggest disaster threat facing families in northeast Kansas, American Red Cross volunteers will be going door-to-door in throughout neighborhoods in Topeka, Manhattan, and Emporia on Monday, January 20 to discuss fire safety with residents and to distribute fire safety information. The Red Cross fire safety activity is being done as a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.
In the past year, the Kansas Capital Area Chapter provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to more than 430 people in the 16 county area the chapter serves who were affected by home and apartment fires. Every year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters across the country - and more than 90 percent are fire-related.
“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half,” said Jo Ann Long, Community Chapter Executive. “To honor the legacy of service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Red Cross volunteers are educating the community and providing vital information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms.”
Red Cross volunteers are going door-to-door to talk with residents about fire safety and hand out fire safety door hangers in English and Spanish with information on smoke alarms, creating an escape plan and cooking and heating safely at home.
When a home fire or other disaster occurs, the American Red Cross provides food, shelter, comfort and hope to meet the immediate needs of those affected. People can support those in the local community affected by home fires by making a donation to the Red Cross Kansas Capital Area Chapter by going toredcross.org/kansascapital or calling 785-234-0568.Those wishing to learn more about home fire safety should visit redcross.org.
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, pleasevisit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
Meghan Spreer | Communications Director
American Red Cross