CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Thousands of Northeast Ohio residents are better protected from home fires, thanks to the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross of the Northeast Ohio Region has surpassed its goal of installing 10,000 smoke alarms during fiscal year 2016. The region leads the nation in the number of installations, according to the American Red Cross.
The American Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign was modeled after “Operation Save-A-Life,” an initiative between the Red Cross Greater Cleveland Chapter and the City of Cleveland Division of Fire. Through the program, fire safety information is shared, including how to develop an escape plan, and free smoke alarms are offered.
The goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25 percent within five years.
As of May 1, more than 10,500 smoke alarms had been installed in the homes of residents in the 22 counties served by the Northeast Ohio Region.
Those in Northeast Ohio can learn more about the campaign and can request a free fire safety inspection and smoke alarm installation at redcross.org/neoosal.