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Volunteers go door-to-door to teach fire safety

(PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall) (PHOTO: FOX19 NOW/ Lindsey Wopschall)

Volunteers went door-to-door Saturday afternoon to help promote fire safety in Lincoln Heights and Woodlawn.

Their visit brought a message of home fire preparedness, checking smoke detector batteries and assisting families come up with an evacuation plan in case of a fire.

"Hopefully we can reduce fire injury and death by 25 percent over the next five years," said Saundra Oprea, of the American Red Cross.

Oprea said seven people die every day in the United States because of a house fire.

Since last fall the Cincinnati and Dayton Region's American Red Cross have visited six different neighborhoods educating residents on home fire preparedness.

"A lot of those deaths can be prevented. Even more people are injured of course. With proper preparation, education and alert a lot of that can be avoided," said Oprea.

Volunteers and firefights checked and installed smoke detectors in about 300 homes... it's this device firefighters say makes all the difference when the clock is ticking.

"Even if we see one house without a smoke detector that's one to many," said Captain Amos Johnson of the Woodlawn Fire Department.

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