Red Cross Volunteers Assist 87 People Affected by Home Fires in Past Week

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Health

American Red Cross volunteers in the Greater Chicago chapter responded to 20 home fires in Chicago, Coal City, Country Club Hills, Joliet, Harvey, Park Forest, Des Plaines, North Chicago, and Oak Forest in the past week and provided assistance to 87 individuals, including 34 children, through supplying them with basic items to meet immediate needs after a fire, and additional support in the form of health and mental health services and one-on-one support. If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster, please call our dispatch line: (877) 597-0747. Home fires are the most frequent disaster and claim seven lives every day in the U.S. Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death in a home fire by 50 percent. Download the free Red Cross Emergency app for detailed home fire prevention and safety tips. Visit or search “American Red Cross” in app stores to download the app, which is compatible with Apple Watch and Android wearable devices. Please visit to sign up as a disaster volunteer, if you would like to help people affected by home fires and other disasters.

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