American Red Cross partners with Harvey firefighters to educate about fire safety

2013-09-11T00:00:00Z American Red Cross partners with Harvey firefighters to educate about fire safetyFor The Times nwitimes.com
September 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CHICAGO | Volunteers for the American Red Cross fire prevention program, Team Firestopper, will walk door to door with Harvey firefighters and police officers today as a day of service to educate residents about home fire safety.

Teams will start canvassing neighborhoods at 10 a.m. at the Harvey Fire Department, 15600 Center Ave.

The Red Cross is partnering with several local emergency response agencies in Cook County during National Preparedness Month to help people prepare for and respond to disasters. In Harvey, Red Cross volunteers are partnering with first responders from the Harvey Fire and Police departments to educate households about fire safety.

The Team Firestopper program works to prevent home fires in neighborhoods with a higher number of incidents as part of its efforts to create disaster-resistant communities. Volunteers teach preparedness techniques, canvass neighborhoods with fire prevention information and host safety fairs. They also conduct scheduled home visits to check for potential fire hazards and arm residents with safety equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers and surge protectors.

Harvey is one of the higher response areas Red Cross disaster relief teams respond to in the greater Chicago region. The Red Cross assisted more than 85 people there last year with food, shelter, clothing, health and mental health services.

The Red Cross helps people recover after home fires every day in the Chicago region, responding to three to four incidents a day to provide immediate assistance and other special needs an affected family might have.

Team Firestopper will also host a safety fair on Oct. 12 in Harvey. Visit www.redcross.org or call (312) 729-6265 for more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the program.

These safety events are made possible due to Motorola Solutions and State Farm and additional support from UL, First Alert and ACE. For more information on the Team Firestopper program visit www.redcross.org/chicago/tfs.

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