Red Cross, Lancaster Fire Department Provide Fire Safety Lesson, Free Food Friday – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
On Friday, the Lancaster Fire Department and Red Cross volunteers will provide free food to the first 300 families as part of a fire safety training drive through event in Lancaster.
This event is part of a national effort to educate 100,000 people about fire safety in high-risk neighborhoods this spring. It will take place between 7:30 am and 1:00 pm at First United Methodist Church
Red Cross volunteers will meet participants in the comfort of their vehicle to share fire safety information and help them create an escape plan to conduct their two-minute fire drill.
“House fires remain the number one disaster during COVID-19, but what most of us don’t realize is that we only have two minutes to escape safely,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO of the North Texas area. “As families spend more time at home during the pandemic, it is important that we help our vulnerable neighbors protect themselves from these everyday disasters.”
Lancaster is one of more than 50 endangered communities that partner with the national Red Cross initiative Sound the Alarm. The North Texas Food Bank and Lancaster Fire Department are helping the Red Cross raise the alarm in the city of Lancaster to increase the safety of local homes and families.
In addition, volunteers virtually meet with families in the area to review fire safety information for their household and make arrangements to provide free smoke alarm installations when it is safe to do so.
The Red Cross encourages families to practice their two-minute escape drill and test their smoke alarms monthly.
Visit Sound The Alarm for more information on protecting homes from fire.