Volunteers Canvas Moline Neighborhood For Fire Safety
Volunteers asked several questions as they went door-to-door in the Floreciente neighborhood.
Local American Red Cross workers canvassed one Moline neighborhood Thursday to talk to families about fire safety. October 6-12th is Fire Prevention Week, but it's also about keeping the number of local fires from going any higher.
Since July 1st there have been 68 families affected by fire in the Quad Cities, compared to 43 families in the same time last year. Red Cross officials are calling it an above-average amount for this time of year. Since last July, home fires have affected 47 adults and 21 children in Moline alone.
Volunteers asked several questions as they went door-to-door in the Floreciente neighborhood. There was a fire in that area just this week, so volunteers passed out information on fire safety and talked to residents to see if they have working smoke detectors and that they're testing them monthly. Some admitted they don't and that they don't have a plan of what family members should do if there's a fire.
"If you have that plan set in place. when it does happen, you can recover a lot quicker and you'll know your loved ones are safe," said Roger Loesch, Director of Emergency Services for the Midwest River Region of the American Red Cross
"Even my five year old knows when there's a fire get low because the smoke can clog your lungs," said Krystianna Granada, one parent. Granada has three children under the age of six, one of them with a heart murmur, and says fire safety is very important to her family.
Volunteers did find one home with not a single working smoke detector and Red Cross workers plan to help that family get them and do the same for others who are in need.