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Calaveras County, CA – The American Red Cross Capitol Region is taking fire safety door-to-door in the Mother Lode.  The goal is to raise fire safety awareness and reduce home and wildfire risks.

“Home fires are by far the most common disaster across the country, so it is critical that everyone take steps to prepare and help prevent these tragedies,” said Kathleen Weis, Chief Executive Officer of the Red Cross Capital Region. “Building awareness and taking action is key to reducing the number of fire incidents in our communities.”

Volunteers will be hitting the streets this Sunday in Calaveras County. They will continue knocking on doors through October and hope to reach more than 3,000 homes. Red Cross Officials say volunteers along with local fire officials will be canvassing neighborhoods that are considered “high-risk” for fire emergencies. They will work with residents directly to help them protect their home from fires.

Here is the Red Cross’ schedule areas and dates (subject to change):

• July 20 – Central Calaveras Fire Protection District
• July 27 – Mokelumne Hill
• August 3 – West Point
• August 17 – Copperopolis
• September 7 – City of Angels
• September 21 – Valley Springs/Jenny Lind/Burson/Wallace
• October 5 – Murphys
• October 19 – San Andreas

In the next couple of months, Red Cross officials say they will be doing the same door-to-door campaign in Tuolumne County, but that schedule has not been finalized yet.