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Be a Hero, Save a Hero' encourages homeowners to reduce the risk that firefighters face every time they respond to a house fire call by pledging to ensure their home has enough up-to-date and working fire safety equipment, and to have and practice a home fire escape plan.
A premiere performance of country artist and HTGG supporter
George Shingleton's new song "Proud" will take place on
Friday, June 7. Written in response to the April fire in
West, Texas that killed 12 firefighters, Shingleton will dedicate the song to the West and
Houston firefighters recently killed and injured and the millions who risk their lives every day. For each person who downloads the song or takes and shares the pledge from
alarmpledge.com, Kidde will donate up to
$10,000 each to NFFF and HTGG, organizations dedicated to helping the families of injured and fallen firefighters.
"Firefighters put their lives on the line every time they answer a call, and the risk increases if they have to enter a burning home to rescue those inside," said
Chris Rovenstine, vice president, marketing and sales, Kidde. "By working with the CMA and our non-profit partners, we are able to reach an extensive audience to share the 'Be a Hero, Save a Hero' pledge. This collaboration will help save the lives of families and firefighters across the nation."
A staggering number of Americans are unaware of home fire safety basics, which puts their families at risk. Seventy-four percent of respondents to a nationwide survey by Kelton Research could not correctly describe where to install smoke alarms in their home, while 43 percent admitted they don't know when to replace smoke alarms. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms or no working alarms, mainly due to dead or missing batteries.