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Volunteers needed for Home Fire Safety Campaign

Posted at 6:47 PM, Mar 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-06 20:47:54-05

According to a national American Red Cross survey, a good number of people think they have 5-10 minutes to safely make it out of a burning home.

In reality, experts say you really only have about two minutes! That's why there is a push to get working smoke alarms installed in the most high risk areas.

On Saturday, March 12, the Boise Red Cross will be canvassing the Vista Neighborhood, and they need volunteers.

Those who sign up will also help families come up with an evacuation plan.

"We did lose a gentleman two years ago who went back into the home looking for his 6-year-old when he was actually safe with a neighbor," says Nicole Sirak Irwin, American Red Cross regional CEO. "So, those evacuation plans and a rally point are so important."

They still need about 40 volunteers to sign up for the Vista Neighborhood Home Fire Campaign. You're asked to pre-register online by March 10 at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/boise-home-fire-campaign-tickets-20881325607.

Anyone who needs a smoke alarm can sign up to get one by logging on to http://www.mysmokealarm.org/.