On Saturday, April 22nd, the Evansville Fire Department, The Promise Zone, and the American Red Cross are partnering up for a Home Fire Campaign event where volunteers will canvas Tepe Park & Akin Park neighborhoods installing free smoke alarms and providing Home Fire education. The event is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and volunteers will meet at the C.K. Newsome Center at 100 E. Walnut Street Evansville, IN 47713 for training at 8:45 a.m.

“The Evansville Fire Department is in the business of saving lives,” said Mike Connelly, chief of the Evansville Fire Department. ”If there is one best way for the Evansville Fire Department to work with relevant response agencies in order to reduce death or injury from fire in our community, the American Red Cross is it. This partnership will improve the notification process in homes of residents, so they can evacuate safely from their homes before fire conditions become life threatening and before the fire department arrives.”

“With at least 10 lives saved in Indiana from the Home Fire Campaign, it only seems appropriate that the City of Evansville partner with the American Red Cross for their continuous efforts to reduce the amount of home fire related deaths in the community,” said Lloyd Winnecke, Mayor of Evansville.

It is also an opportunity to make sure all households are prepared for home fires and other emergencies:

  • Create and practice a fire escape plan. Make sure everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Select a location outside for everyone to meet.
  • Download the Red Cross Emergency App which includes content on how to prevent home fires and what to do if one occurs. The Monster Guard: Prepare for Emergencies App is a game designed for kids. Both apps are available to download for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.

Information provided by the American Red Cross