Sound the Alarm. Save a Life.
Home fires claim seven lives every day, but you can help change that. During the month of May, Gesa is joining the American Red Cross in creating awareness of their national Sound the Alarm campaign. This initiative is created to raise awareness about home fire safety, helping families create a safe escape plan, and involves partnering with local fire departments to install smoke alarms to families in need.
How you can get involved:
- Practice a 2-Minute Fire Drill. Use this worksheet to draw your home’s floor plan and plot your escape route. Be sure to practice your 2-minute drill at least twice a year.
- Test Your Smoke Alarms Monthly. Test your alarms monthly simply by pressing the test button. Click here to learn more about smoke alarms.
- Request Free Education to Help Your Family Prepare (Available in English or Spanish). If you are interested in learning how to prepare your home and family against a fire, click here. Scroll down and click on the “Learn More and Request an Appointment” red box to be contacted by your local Red Cross.
- Volunteer to Present a Virtual Homes Made Safer Class. Attend a brief 45-minute virtual training session and then partner with your local Red Cross to conduct 20-minute Homes Made Safer presentations via phone or virtually.
Gesa will be joining the Red Cross’ pledge to keep families safe by signing up to help with their Virtual Safety Education classes. Gesa team members and members will have a chance to participate by presenting the Home Made Safer presentations provided by the Red Cross. This virtual class is a way to help educate families on home fire safety.
Homes Made Safer Volunteer Presenter Information:
- Volunteers will attend a 45-minute training session to be certified
- Certified volunteer presenters will work with their local Red Cross coordinator to schedule phone or virtual presentations
- Phone and virtual presentations last approximately 15-20 minutes and a script will be provided
- Bilingual volunteers needed
If you are interested in volunteering to present Homes Made Safer sessions, please click here www.redcross.org/nwhomefire and scroll down to the volunteer sign up button.