Cape Girardeau residents get prepared for fire risks - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Cape Girardeau residents get prepared for fire risks

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

After American Red Cross volunteers reached out to many neighborhoods in the Southeastern part of Cape  Girardeau to check on people's smoke detectors, residents now have a little less to worry about.. 

Red Cross volunteers partnered with the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, Student Veteran Organization and other volunteers.

They went into many homes Saturday to check to see if their smoke detectors were working. If they weren't, they fixed them, replaced them, or installed new ones.

"I didn't even know if we had smoke detectors in the house because we've only been here not even a month," resident Amanda Edwards said. 

Red Cross also worked with residents to devise a plan in case a fire were to happen and information how fires can occur. 

They say it's these plans and working smoke detectors that reduce home fire deaths and injuries. 

Dry conditions are yet another reason why being prepared for a fire is so important. 

"The rain we've gotten today is good but it is not substantial rain," Cape Girardeau Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Starnes said.

"If we don't get much more rain within the next few days, this rain here really won't amount to anything."

A campaign where the Red Cross checked on and installed smoke detectors earlier this year in Poplar Bluff has shown promise.

American Red Cross Southeast Missouri Director Sara Gerau said they installed around 45 smoke detectors there and feels this has helped not only make the area safer but has educated many. 

"It's so important that people know what to do during the time of a fire and have a plan," Gerau said.

Seven times a day, someone will lose their life in a fire in America according to the Red Cross.

Red Cross members feel this campaign should help decrease deaths and injuries in fires by 25% in the next five years. 

Red Cross also saw and increase of over a dozen first time volunteers at this event today.

Many volunteers including these new 15 spent time going door to door and educating the importance of being prepared.

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