American Red Cross to install free smoke detectors as part of canvassing event

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The American Red Cross is partnering with the Evansville Fire Department, Germania Maennerchor, Cedar Hall Association for Improvement of the Neighborhood (CHAIN), and the Salvation Army on Saturday, March 16 to provide home prevention and preparedness education.

They will also be installing free smoke alarms.

Volunteers will go door-to-door in Evansville from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., focusing on the neighborhood around the Salvation Army (south of Diamond Ave., north of the Lloyd Expressway, east of Pigeon Creek, and west of Fulton Ave.).

“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,”
said Theo Boots, executive director of the American Red Cross Southwest Indiana Chapter. “By
working with local partners, donors, and volunteers, we can make neighborhoods safer, one home at
a time.”

The event is part of the nationwide American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

“There is a dangerous gap between when a fire occurs in a home and the arrival of the fire
department,” said Evansville Fire Chief Mike Connelly. “The American Red Cross bridges that gap
with the Home Fire Campaign. A properly installed, functioning smoke detector alerts everyone inside to self-evacuate, ensuring the safety of the occupants.”

Volunteers are needed. Training will be held at 9 a.m. on March 16, the day of canvassing, at the Salvation Army on Fulton Ave. Canvassing will follow until 1 p.m.

To volunteer, email volunteerindcs@redcross.org.

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(This story was originally published on March 12, 2019)

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