UPDATE: The Fire Safety Knock and Walk on MLK Day (detailed below) was a huge success! There were 105 volunteers who installed 130 smoke alarms for free. If you’d like to see pictures of the event, please visit the Nashville Red Cross’ Facebook Page.

In 2013, one U.S. home fire was reported to a local authority every 85 seconds, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That means by the time you finish reading this post, another call for help will have been made. But there are steps we can all take to be safe and this weekend, HCA/Parallon is sponsoring an event with that aim.

On January 19, from 9am – 1pm in Nashville, HCA/Parallon will be working with the Red Cross, St. Luke’s Community House, United Way and the Nashville Fire Department to sponsor a Community Fire Safety Knock and Walk. We are so pleased with the level of collaboration that the ongoing partnership between St. Luke’s and the Red Cross represents to increase the level of preparedness for the Nashville community. During the event, volunteers will provide free smoke alarm installation to local home owners along with fire safety information. The Tennessee State Fire Marshall Office is supplying all smoke alarms as part of their statewide smoke-alarm distribution program. Since being launched in 2012, the SFMO’s “Get Alarmed Tennessee” has helped create the single largest fire mortality rate reduction in state history.

Having a working smoke alarm in your home is a simple and important step to increase your chances of surviving a fire. In fact, three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or none that worked.

Below is an infographic with some additional fire statistics and information provided by the Red Cross. For additional information on protecting your home, visit the www.redcross.org.

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