Mayor Lou Rosamilia and the City of Troy are teaming up with the American Red Cross in an effort to reduce the potential for fire-related deaths and injuries across the city. The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, launched nationwide in October 2014, will kick off in Troy during National Preparedness Month this September. City officials, Red Cross volunteers and local community partners will work hand-in-hand throughout the month to deliver free smoke alarms and fire safety education to Troy residents.
“A working smoke alarm can double a person’s chance of surviving a fire,” said David Kunzelman, Regional Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “We want to make sure that every family in Troy knows this and has access to the kinds of fire safety resources the Red Cross can provide. We’re grateful to the City of Troy for their partnership in this lifesaving effort.”
“Early warnings from safety devices like smoke alarms are critical in saving lives during a home fire emergency” said Mayor Lou Rosamilia. “The City of Troy is happy to partner with the American Red Cross for National Preparedness Month to allow our residents to take advantage of this free service.”
Troy residents are encouraged to contact the Red Cross before September 1 to arrange a visit from the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign team during National Preparedness Month. Residents may call (518) 694-5121 to schedule an appointment, or visit www.redcross.org/eny/homefires to submit an online smoke alarm request form.
The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign will officially launch in the City of Troy on Saturday, September 12. Red Cross and city officials will hold a formal kick-off event that morning at Troy’s Central Fire Station (details to be announced). Immediately following the campaign kick-off, Red Cross volunteers and local partners will spread out across the city to install free smoke alarms and provide other fire safety resources for Troy families.
Large numbers of volunteers will be needed to expand the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign throughout the City of Troy. Register to volunteer at a single campaign event or on an ongoing basis at redcross.org/eny/homefires.
More about the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign:
Seven times a day, someone in the United States dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign focuses on building partnerships with local fire departments and community groups across the country to ensure that families everywhere have smoke alarms installed in their homes and are encouraged to practice their fire escape plans. Since the start of the campaign in October 2014, the Red Cross has visited more than 40,000 homes and installed more than 95,000 smoke alarms nationwide. Already, 15 lives have been saved through the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.