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Red Cross Working with Amanda Hansen Foundation to Install CO Detectors with Smoke Alarms in WNY

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As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter is proud to partner with the Amanda Hansen Foundation to offer free Carbon Monoxide detectors along with free smoke alarms in homes that need them. Red Cross volunteers will install a CO detector provided by the Amanda Hansen Foundation along with up to smoke alarms, while providing important fire safety information to families in the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming). 

“We are so pleased to partner with the Amanda Hansen Foundation to help make Western New York families safer,” said Chuck Marra, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter. “Since launching in October 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has saved 92 lives across the country, and by installing Carbon Monoxide detectors along with smoke alarms, we’re doing even more to keep area families safe.” 

“The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a perfect way to promote our mission of supplying the public with CO detectors who could not otherwise afford them,” said Ken Hansen of the Amanda Hansen Foundation. “We hope to keep Amanda’s memory alive by helping others avoid the same needless tragedy, and provided CO detectors along with smoke alarms will truly help save lives here in Western New York.” 

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country. Here in Western New York, in conjunction with NFA-National Fire Adjustment, 1,482 smoke alarms have been installed between July 1, 2015-April 30, 2016. 

The campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, email smokealarms.wny@redcross.org or call 716-878-2353. 

FIRE RESPONSES Volunteers from the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter have responded to four separate fires in the past 24 hours, providing immediate emergency assistance to 13 people. Red Cross assistance typically includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing as needed, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers are available to help with the emotional aspect of disaster. Those affected will meet with caseworkers in the coming days to work on a longer-term recovery plan. 

Disaster Action Team (DAT) volunteers responded to fires at the following dates and locations: 

·        Tuesday, June 14
Elk Street, Buffalo
Two adults and one child assisted
Volunteers: Metrice Jenkins and Ronnie Tillman

·        Tuesday, June 14
Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls
Two adults assisted

Volunteers: Sharon Daut and Eric Sharpe 

·        Wednesday, June 15
Stevenson Street, Buffalo
Three adults and two children assisted
Volunteers: Sharon Daut, Diane Sargent, Dennis Scott
 

·        Wednesday, June 15
Greenfield Drive, Tonawanda
One adult, two children assisted

 

       Volunteers: Fred Pask and Dennis Scott

 

Since Thursday, June 9, DAT volunteers have provided help and support for 51 Western New Yorkers after 12 separate fires. You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.