Home fires are the greatest disaster threat to American families. Each year the American Red Cross responds to more than 900 homes fires in the Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region. That’s almost three home fires per day. While these kinds of disasters don’t garner as much attention as large-scale disasters such as tornadoes and earthquakes, they’re equally as devastating to those involved.
And just as tragic. Each day seven people die as a result of home fires, and another 36 people are injured.
We at the Red Cross find this unacceptable. That’s why we’re committed to reducing the number of deaths and injuries in home fires by 25 percent over the next five years. To do this, we’re installing 8,000 free smoke alarms in homes around the region each year for the next five years. That’s a lot. But it’s worth it. A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of death in a fire by 50 percent.
Below is a list of our upcoming smoke alarm installation rallies:
Sept. 13: Dayton
Sept. 17: Cincinnati Mt. Auburn
Sept. 17: Sidney
Sept. 24: Port Jefferson
Oct. 8: Dayton Gratis
Oct. 15: Springfield
Oct. 29: New Madison
Nov. 12: Piqua
April 22: Dayton Jefferson Township
May 6: Urbana