Volunteers Install 177 Smoke Alarms

By / Life on the Island / Wednesday, 04 March 2015 05:00

This past Saturday the American Red Cross and the Carolina Beach Fire Department joined forces for the “Carolina Beach Smoke Alarm Installation Rally.”  Directed by Mr. James Jarvis, Disaster Program Specialist for the American Red Cross and Fire Chief Alan Griffin, 77 volunteers joined forces to spread fire safety and awareness to the residents of Carolina Beach in hopes to reduce possible injuries and death from fires.
Volunteers worked in 4-person teams going door-to-door in specific areas checking and installing fire alarms, planned escape plans and meeting points, and provided general fire safety information. Volunteers successfully installed 177 smoke alarms to households around the Island and hope to continue their efforts again covering the rest of the area.
Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a home fire. The American Red Cross has a new 5-year campaign to reduce deaths and injuries due to home fire by 25%.
The most critical part of that effort is our initiative to install fire alarms in specific high-risk areas where there are higher incidents of residential fires. To meet our goal, we are installing 500,000 smoke alarms in neighborhoods across the country over the next 5 years.
The Cape Fear Chapter was founded on November 10, 1908 as the Wilmington Chapter of the American Red Cross. The chapter celebrated its 100th anniversary in November 10, 2008 and is the oldest established non-profit organization in the greater Wilmington area.
The Cape Fear Chapter currently serves Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover and Pender counties. In accordance with the organization’s mission, the Cape Fear Chapter provides vital programs and services, many of which are unduplicated, to area residents including:
Emergency communications for military members and their families. Support for area blood drives, donor recruitment and education efforts. Dissemination of disaster prevention and preparedness information. Immediate relief to local victims of disaster in order to meet their emergency needs. Lifesaving safety training courses in CPR, first aid, water and workplace safety. International tracing services that reconnect loved ones with family members separated by conflict throughout the world. Each of these programs and services reflect the chapter’s commitment to support the humanitarian mission of the American Red Cross and to strengthen the community through localized initiatives. For more information visit www.redcross.org/capefear   or follow them on Facebook!


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