Loeb Trust educating people on home safety

FLINT — The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign helps save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don’t have them and by educating people about home fire safety.

Now through a new grant from The Stella and Frederick Loeb Charitable Trust, administered by Huntington Bank, local communities across Genesee County will have additional resources available through the Campaign to help reduce home fire fatalities.

“Our homes are supposed to be refuges from danger and a house fire can change all that in a flash.” said Amy Meister, Red Cross Executive Director for the group’s East Central Bay Chapter. “Support like this from our program partners makes this important work possible and area homes safer.”

Every day, seven people die in home fires, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Sadly, children and the elderly disproportionately lose their lives. The Red Cross set out to improve those odds and save lives, launching its nationwide Home Fire Campaign to combine new technology and innovation with old-fashioned neighbor-to-neighbor outreach. The effort is saving lives, with a confirmed 610 lives saved thus far, and has as its goal a 25 percent reduction of fire deaths and injuries in the United States.

The Campaign has Red Cross volunteers, along with local fire departments and other community partners canvassing at-risk neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and providing fire prevention and safety education.

Thus far the Campaign is responsible for the installation of almost 2 million smoke alarms and has helped make almost 1 million households safer through these home visits. To become part of the Campaign’s success and to request free smoke alarms and receive home fire safety planning assistance, visit: www.redcross.org/local/michigan/ aboutus/our-work/home-fire-campaign. html. G.G.