The American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania will conduct a door-to-door home fire campaign in McKees Rocks on Monday, Jan. 18, which is recognized across the U.S. as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day or MLK Day. The canvassing will be held between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the bridge area and the Church Avenue area near the McKees Rocks Bridge.
Across the country, the Red Cross is visiting neighborhoods at high risk for fires with its Home Fire Campaign, which is designed to help reduce deaths, injuries and damages due to residential fire. The neighborhood visits include educating people about fire safety, installing free smoke alarms if needed, and helping residents develop a fire escape plan.
“Since MLK Day is recognized as a national day of community service, we thought it would be a good opportunity to continue the national Red Cross fire safety initiative locally,” said Patricia M. Waldinger, regional chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Western Pennsylvania. “We are grateful for the many volunteers who have come forward to help us with the initiative that day.”
McKees Rocks Mayor Jack Muhr is happy that the Red Cross is bringing the campaign to McKees Rocks. “People everywhere need to be better educated about home fire safety and I’m very pleased that the Red Cross has selected portions of McKees Rocks to receive the door-to-door visits on MLK Day.”
The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire. Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms. Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is set aside each year across the country on the third Monday in January to honor his memory. In recent years, the day has become community service-focused with many people using the day to perform volunteer service in their communities. The Corporation for National & Community Service promotes the day with the slogan, “Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off.”
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, call the American Red Cross at 412-263-5278 or Mayor Jack Muhr at 412-331-2498, ext. 12. To learn more about MLK Day, visit www.MLKDay.gov.