A house fire, not usually something you think about until you’ve experienced it. You could lose everything: your personal belongings representing precious memories; your sense of safety and security in your own home; and possibly the life of a loved one, or even your own.
On May 6, the American Red Cross and Tiffany Circle partnered with the Columbus Fire Department, canvassing the Linden community to install free smoke alarms and educate families on fire safety. Firefighters installed smoke alarms that will last up to 10 years without any battery replacement, while volunteers talked with families on the leading causes of house fires, how to prevent them, and what to do if they find themselves in the midst of a house fire. The group installed nearly 200 smoke alarms in Linden that day.
To survive a fire:
- Get outside. You have less than 2 minutes to get out of the house.
- Designate a meeting place. Pick a place to meet outside and a safe distance from the home to call 911.
- Have fire drills. We have fire drills in school and at work, but are you having them at home? Always practice your escape plan at home to make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a house fire.
The Red Cross has 9 documented lives saved in Central Ohio from smoke alarms installed during events like this one, and have many more planned install events throughout Central Ohio in 2017.