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Posted on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 : 4:07 a.m.

Red Cross, KeyBank team up for fire prevention effort

By Staff

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, volunteers from the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter of the Red Cross, in partnership with KeyBank, went door to door, Jan. 26 and 27 in the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter area talking to residents about how to prevent home fires and how to escape safely should a fire occur.


Volunteers from the Washtenaw-Lenawee Chapter of the Red Cross went door to door Jan. 26 and 27 in the area talking to residents about fire safety and prevention.

courtesy of The Red Cross

The MLK Day Fire Prevention/Preparedness program was made possible through a grant from the KeyBank Foundation.

Volunteers talked to residents who were available, and left safety-tip door hangers for people who were not at home. The door hangers, printed in both English and Spanish, provide cooking and heating tips and highlight the importance of smoke alarms and the need to create and practice a fire escape plan.

Nationally, on average, the Red Cross provides food and shelter to people affected by approximately 63,000 fires every year, or about one fire every eight minutes. Locally, the Washtenaw-LenaweeChapter assisted more than 120 families who were affected by fire last year.

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