Chris Young to Help Promote National Fire Safety Program
The singer will take part in a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville on Nov. 5, the morning of the CMA Awards. He'll be promoting a campaign that will help protect families by donating Kidde’s Worry-Free smoke alarms and help burned firefighters by expanding the Phoenix SOAR (Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery) program. Phoenix SOAR for Firefighters is the first national initiative supporting burned firefighters. It is run by the Phoenix Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping burn survivors.
Kix Brooks will also be on hand for the event. The country superstar and 2013 CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year serves as a radio spokesperson for Kidde, and each week he honors a member of police, fire or military service as the Hero of the Week on his ‘American Country Countdown' radio program.
They will also be joined by national and local fire service members, including Tulare, Calif. Division Chief and SOAR-trained peer supporter Louis Nevarez, whose left forearm was amputated after a burn injury.
According to a press release, approximately 3,000 people die in home fires in the US every year, with the peak time in winter. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that most fatal fires happen in homes with either no alarm or no working alarm, mainly due to dead or missing batteries. Installing working smoke alarms and knowing simple fire safety steps helps protect families and firefighters. In 2012, the NFPA reported that 2,200 firefighters sustained burn injuries in the line of duty.
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