ATLANTA - The Red Cross set a record by installing 3,000 smoke alarms in homes across Georgia on a single day.
On Saturday, Red Cross workers joined with local fire departments and community groups to visit neighborhoods at high risk for fires and educate people about the importance of fire safety.
Conducting more than a dozen separate Home Fire Campaigns across Georgia, crews went door-to-door in Ray, Nashville, DeKalb, Hall, Troup, Fort Gordon, Cobb, Dougherty, Richmond, Walker counties.
According to a press release, Georgia’s Red Cross responded to 4,036 home fires in 2015, including 1,643 home fires in metro Atlanta alone. Since January 1st 2016, there have been 77 deaths due to home fire in Georgia, the release said.
As a result, the Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of deaths and injuries in house fires. They’ve enlisted the help of former NFL linebacker Jessie Tuggle and former NY Jets safety Victor Green, who both appeared on Good Day Atlanta to talk more about the effort.