With a goal to install 6,500 new fire alarms across Georgia by July 1, 2016, the Atlanta Red Cross knew exactly who to call – your favorite, friendly tool lenders!
The Home Fire Prevention Campaign is a nation-wide Red Cross effort to educate communities about fire safety, install smoke detectors, and practice fire drills. And, thanks to a partnership with our national headquarters, ToolBank USA, every ToolBank affiliate across the country is collaborating to ensure their local Red Cross can equip volunteers with ample safety gear and the tools needed to get the jobs done right.
This Valentine’s weekend, your Atlanta Community ToolBank kicked off the fun with a big tool load-out of drills and ladders to help install almost 300 new fire alarms in homes across Decatur’s Battle Forest neighborhood.
In 2015 alone, The Red Cross responded to 1,643 home fires across metro Atlanta, resulting in 1,128 residents needing immediate relocation and support services. With 420 of those fires occurring in Dekalb County, volunteers were eager to install new smoke detectors and provide replacement batteries, in addition to great safety plan tips.
The ambitious prevention campaign aims to reduce home fires by 25% and safety events are scheduled through the Fall. Volunteers are still needed to help install fire alarms, complete fire safety checklists and help families develop evacuation plans.
So, come on! Put some ATL ToolBank tools to great use as a Red Cross volunteer. Sign up for an event date listed below by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Fire Prevention Volunteer Dates
- February 13, 2016 – DeKalb – COMPLETED with ToolBank tools in hand!
- February 27, 2016 – DeKalb
- March 5, 2016 – Cherokee
- March 12, 2016 – Rockdale
- March 19, 2016 – Gwinnett
- March 19, 2016 – Fulton
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