SERVPRO® of Panthersville Volunteers to do the Home Fire Campaign
SERVPRO® of Panthersville participates as a volunteer for the American Red Cross in their Home Fire Campaign, wherein the goal is to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25% by the year 2020. The American Red Cross responds to approximately 64,000 disasters annually in which most of them are home fires. Statistics reveals the following occurrences:
- Seven (7) people die daily from home fires wherein most of them impact children and the elderly.
- Thirty-six (36) people suffer injuries because of home fires daily.
- Over $7 billion in property damages occur annually.
Home Fire Preparedness
Household members should comply with the following instructions to be thoroughly prepared for home fires:
- Install the correct number of smoke alarms. Test them once monthly and replace the batteries at least once annually. If the American Red Cross provides the smoke alarm through its Home Fire Campaign, then it uses a lithium battery in which it will last for ten (10) years.
- Teach children the sound of smoke alarms and what they should do when they hear one.
- Ensure that all household members know two ways to escape from every room of your home and know the family meeting spot outside of your home.
- Establish a family emergency communication plan and ensure that all household members know who to contact if they cannot find each another.
- Practice to escape from your home at least twice annually. Press the smoke alarm test button or shout “Fire!“ to alert everyone in your home that they must evacuate within 2 minutes.
- Ensure that everyone knows how to call 9-1-1.
- Teach household members to STOP, DROP, and ROLL if their clothes catch on fire.
Teach Fire Safety in Your Classroom
The Pillowcase Project is a preparedness education program for grades 3 – 5, which teaches students about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills. You can request the Pillowcase Project presentation from your local American Red Cross.
Volunteer to Help Others
Join your local American Red Cross to install smoke alarms, educate your community about fire safety, or help others after a fire. You can make a significant difference in people’s lives by volunteering your time and talent.
Make a Donation
Help families prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from home fires.