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Dec 23, 2019

The American Red Cross has made a major impact on our community this year alone. In addition to providing community preparedness initiatives like blood drives and CPR certification, the Red Cross offers invaluable assistance to help victims recover after a home fire. On December 21, when  the worst fire in Las Vegas Fire & Rescue’s history killed six, injured 13 and led to 35 being homeless, the Red Cross immediately stepped in to help the victims. Here is some additional information on how they’ve helped the community so far this year.       

In the past fiscal year, the American Red Cross of Southern Nevada has:

  • Provided services to 2,345 military members, veterans, and their families; 
  • Trained 23,052 people in first aid/CPR/AED/aquatics safety.
  • Collected 20,258 units of blood. 
  • Responded to 280 home fires, helping 705 families address their urgent needs like lodging, food and emotional support. 
  • Helped prevent fires and boost preparedness by installing 1,789 free smoke alarms for the Home Fire Campaign.

Home fire fast-facts:

  • Home fires are the nation’s biggest disaster threat. In fact, every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster. Most of these events are home fires—which, sadly, take an average of seven lives each day.
  • In most cases, people only have two minutes to evacuate their home in the event of a fire.
  • More than $7 billion in property damage occurs every year due to home fires.
  • Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a home fire in half.
  • Three out of every five home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that do not work.
  • Older adults are more likely to die in home fires than in other age groups.
  • Home fires are the most frequent disaster to which the Red Cross responds.

How the Red Cross can help you stay safe:

  • The American Red Cross installs smoke alarms for free all year round. Las Vegas residents can call 702-697-1707 to make an appointment. The Red Cross will check how old the alarm is, test the batteries and replace them if necessary, and install up to three new 10-year alarms.  
  • Our goal is to reduce the number of deaths by home fires by sharing safety information and installing smoke alarms. To date, since the beginning of their Sound the Alarm campaign, the American Red Cross has helped save 682 lives nation-wide. 

You can learn more about the work of the American Red Cross in southern Nevada here or follow them on social media at Facebook | Twitter | Instagram.

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