American Red Cross volunteers educate Oildale residents on fire safety

Visited close to 2,500 homes

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - An Oildale neighborhood known for having many house fires received a lesson in fire safety, Saturday.

American Red Cross volunteers went to nearly 2,500 homes to drop off fliers on fire prevention and safety. They also invited residents to a FireStopper seminar being held October 26.

"They give you the information and it's free and if you take advantage of it you can prevent any fires," said Al Alvarado who received an information kit.

Volunteers explained that this neighborhood was being targeted because it is a higher risk area. This means the red cross responds to more fires here than other neighborhoods.

"The more and more we can go and talk face to face with them the more they'll know and want to be involved," said Samantha Minks a Red Cross volunteer.

Last June, a toddler was killed during a house fire on Washington Street, which is in the targeted area.

The Red Cross is pairing up with PG&E to host a FireStopper seminar later this month. They will spend two hours explaining fire safety to the first 40 residents to sign up.

The seminar begins at 11 a.m. and residents will receive free fire extinguishers, alarms, and lunch.

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