Arlington, Ohio woman credits fire safety information for helping her escape in April
By Jim McIntyre, American Red Cross
Ramona Martin of Arlington in North Central Ohio safely escaped her home after fire broke out in the early morning hours of April 14, 2021. She was awakened after smoke alarms installed in 2018 by Red Cross volunteers Steve and Valerie Mahler of Findlay sounded.
The installation was part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which was launched in October 2014. Since then, more than 1,000 lives have been saved following the efforts of volunteers and partners.
“I never thought it would happen to me,” said Ms. Martin. She credits the fire safety information she received from Steve and Valerie when they installed her smoke alarms for giving her the knowledge she needed to safely escape. “You have to have an escape plan.” She said she had only about two minutes to get out.
“When we started installing smoke alarms, I contacted my neighbors, family members, people from church, everyone I know,” said Steve.
Residents can visit SoundtheAlarm.org/noh to request a virtual education session on home fire safety and to request smoke alarm installations. While the Red Cross has postponed in-home visits due to COVID-19 concerns, we will contact residents to schedule an appointment when we resume our in-home visits or if we are able to offer in-home installations with local fire departments.