In partnership with the Franklin County Office of Emergency Services, the Office for the Aging and several other partner organizations in the North Country, the American Red Cross is set to launch its Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Franklin County this May.
Seven times a day, someone in the United States dies in a fire. Last October, the Red Cross announced a nationwide campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. This campaign focuses on building partnerships with local fire departments and community groups across the country to ensure that smoke alarms are installed in communities with high numbers of fires and that families everywhere have access to critical fire safety resources.
Since the start of the campaign in the Eastern New York Region, Red Cross workers and community partners have visited hundreds of homes to share fire prevention and preparedness information and install free smoke alarms for residents in need. Nationwide, the Red Cross has visited nearly 30,000 homes and installed more than 50,000 smoke alarms since October 2014. Already, 13 lives have been saved through the Home Fire Campaign.
“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying in a home fire in half,” said Burgundy Magoon, Preparedness Specialist for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “We’re working closely with local partners including Becky Preve, the Director of the Office for the Aging, and Ricky Provost, the Director of Franklin County Office of Emergency Management, to get this message out there, teach people about fire safety, and install smoke alarms where we know there are people who need them.”
Beginning Saturday, May 2, the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will launch in Franklin County, with a formal kick-off event to be held in the Town of Malone on Monday, May 4. Between now and then, Franklin County residents are encouraged to call the Office for the Aging at (518) 481-1660 to request an appointment to receive free smoke alarms and fire safety education.
Throughout the first week of May, Red Cross volunteers and local partners will work together to fulfill these requests. Already, more than 100 homes across 14 different zip codes in Franklin County have registered to receive a visit. Additional volunteers are needed to support this effort. Anyone interested in volunteering for the campaign in Franklin County is asked to sign up online as soon as possible.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign and how you can get involved in your community, please visit redcross.org/eny/homefires.