It was a cold February morning when Shantal Baker was awakened by a loud beeping noise. At first she didn’t recognize the noise but then the audible smoke alarm started chanting “Fire…Fire…Fire.” Moving quickly she began waking up the rest of the family, her husband Michael Smith, daughter Rebecca and 3-week old son Timothy.
|Shantal and Michael holding 3-week old Timothy at the |
Pueblo Red Cross office.
Photo by Bill Fortune/American Red Cross
|The Baker-Smith home after the fire. Photo provided|
by Shantal Baker
This is just another example of how important it is to have a working smoke alarm in your home. The Red Cross has launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in an effort to educate people about the need to have a family emergency plan and a working smoke alarm.
If you would like to be part of this campaign go to our Home Fire Preparedness page to find out how you can help us reduce the number of fatalities caused by home fires.