By Jackie Kennedy
American Red Cross
The Joplin office of the Red Cross partnered with KSN TV16, the local NBC affiliate and the Joplin Fire Department to host the Living Well show on October 19 to bring awareness to the Home Fire Campaign.
The Red Cross brought volunteers and set up a call center to take requests for free smoke alarms to be installed in homes during the live broadcast, and the audience was shown the number to call several times during the broadcast.
Jackie Kennedy, Red Cross Community Relations Coordinator and Executive Board member in Joplin, kicked off the show explaining the Campaign and why it is so important for families to have a fire preparedness plan.
The national campaign started in 2014 with the goal of reducing home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2019.
Red Cross disaster specialist Julie Stolting did a segment on volunteers and the Red Cross’s continual need. Red Cross volunteer Joan Brown was interviewed and explained why she decided to volunteer and why it is so important.
After the interviews, the Joplin Fire Department was outside the TV station with a couple of demonstrations about fire safety. Capt. Terry Steen gave a demonstration on how to use a fire extinguisher and Fire Marshal Dale Brooks explained how to maintain smoke alarms in the home.
It was a successful campaign, and attracted 15 calls from viewers requesting smoke alarms to be installed in homes.