Safety Emphasized in High-Risk Fire Areas
Fires can happen in an instant, so volunteers in Council Bluffs are trying to prevent them and make sure families are prepared if one ignites.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
Fires can happen in an instant, so volunteers in Council Bluffs are trying to prevent them and make sure families are prepared if one ignites.
A couple of knocks and some good information is what volunteers hope could save a life. The Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter, the Council Bluffs Fire Department, and other community partners went door to door to more than 850 homes. They gave people information on how to prevent a fire from starting, or get their family out safe.
Fire officials chose the neighborhoods of Bloomer, Lakin, and Tinley-Kanesville which they say are high risk based on loss reports. In the last 10 years high-risk neighborhoods have experienced 233 fires, three of them deadly.
"The fire statistics and loss statistics usually lead you back into older homes, and as sad as it is lower income, elderly, lots of children," said CB Fire Chief Alan Byers.
They would change batteries and detectors for anyone in need, and left info for people who weren't home.
Tim Salin is one CB resident who's prepared. He's got 5 smoke detectors hardwired in his house and fire extinguishers.
"My folks had their house catch on fire years ago so after that you start taking more precaution and it becomes more important," Salin explained. "I think it's nice that they come and check and make sure, fire's quite a deal it can ruin a lot of lives."
The Red Cross hopes to do another volunteer event like this in March.
If you'd like more information on fire safety, you can contact the Red Cross Loess Hills Chapter at 712-322-4017, or the Council Bluffs Fire Department at 712-328-4646.