Red Cross + Hope = Safer Neighborhoods

Hope Worldwide Volunteers sorting smoke detectors and batteries to be given to Philips neighborhood homes without proper fire detection.

Armed with Red Cross fire safety tips, seventy Hope Worldwide volunteers hit the streets of the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis on Saturday, January 16, to spread the word on household fire safety.

American Red Cross preparedness representatives trained the Hope Worldwide volunteers on fire safety and gave them tip sheets before the volunteers knocked on doors.

(Click here for tip sheet)

Smoke detectors donated by the Minneapolis Fire Department and batteries donated by Home Depot were available to give to homes without them. The volunteers planned to reach out to 1,200 households.

The American Red Cross Twin Area Chapter responds to more than 400 residential fires each year, including house and apartment fires in the Phillips neighborhood. The Red Cross provides people affected by disaster with emergency disaster relief, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and emotional support. (Click here to learn more.)

Text and images by Andrea Bredow, Red Cross Volunteer

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