Sunday, February 14, 2016

American Red Cross "2Steps2Minutes" Campaign Encourages Home Fire Safety Awareness

Did you know that each year in the United States more lives are lost to home fires than there are deaths caused by hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods combined?  According to the American Red Cross, on average 7 people die every day from a home fire, 36 people suffer injuries as a result of home fires every day, and over $7 billion in property damage occurs every year.  Many people don't believe a home fire will happen to them and don't take the necessary precautions to prepare for one.   Would your family be prepared if a fire occurred in your home during the middle of the night? Understanding that many families aren't prepared,  the American Red Cross is making it a priority to promote #firesafety through its new "2 Steps 2 Minutes" campaign.

 “On an average day, seven of our neighbors die in home fires, and that’s just seven too many,” said Russ Paulsen, who leads community preparedness for the Red Cross.  “But we can change that.  No miracle, no incredible scientific breakthrough required – just getting the word out and having people take two simple steps.  This campaign is a great way to spread life-saving information.”

2 Steps 2 Minutes will draw attention to the two steps critical to safely escaping a home fire:

CLICK HERE to learn more about safety tips for home fires from the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

To help the 2 Steps 2 Minutes cause, The Charity Network will host one-of-kind celebrity experiences across Prizeo and Charitybuzz where people's donations to the American Red Cross could win them prizes like meeting Sheryl Crow at an upcoming concert, a day on the set with Joey Graceffa, coffee with Matt Santoro or a prom makeover with Laura Marano.  Additionally, Kelsea Ballerini, Alli Simpson, and Troy Sivan have teamed up to design limited-edition merchandise to support the American Red Cross as part of the 2 Steps 2 Minutes campaign.  These can be purchased at  

For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit or follow @RedCross on Twitter.

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