OKLAHOMA CITY - In addition to firefighters who put out blazes every day, the American Red Cross is always there too, helping families once flames are gone.
Saturday volunteers gave out a life saving device that can help prevent fires from becoming deadly.
Saturday’s campaign started with motivational speeches, then volunteers started their journey, knocking on doors throughout a NE Oklahoma City neighborhood.
The Greater Bethel Baptist Church and the Oklahoma City police and fire departments were just a few groups who joined the Red Cross.
“In zip code 73111 there are great, great many of fires and so we’re actually going to canvass the neighborhood in order to make a difference today,” Pastor Teron Gaddis said.
Their mission is to save lives by making sure residents have working fire alarms.
“Everybody’s got to have a smoke detector in their house. I’ve seen numerous fires where people didn’t get out of the house and it cost a family member their life, or the smoke detector did save somebody,” Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief
Kirk Wright said.
Red Cross volunteers also helped residents make an escape plan.
Residents were also taught about cooking and heating safety.
Those we spoke with were grateful.
“Oh God Lord. It’s the best thing that the Red Cross could ever do,” Resident Phil Booker said.
“They’re doing a good thing trying to make sure people are safe,” Morgan Gower said.
Saturday Red Cross volunteers visited 340 homes and installed 55 smoke detectors.
The fire safety campaign was their MLK day service project.
If you don’t have a fire alarm call your local station to get one installed.