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Red Cross and J.M. Huber Team up on Home Fire Campaign

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On Saturday, June 11, 2016, J.M. Huber Corporation partnered with the American Red Cross of Central Maryland and the Havre de Grace Fire Department to install free smoke alarms in the neighborhoods surrounding Huber’s office building. In total, 127 smoke alarms were installed that day and vital disaster preparedness education was provided to residents. There were 24 volunteers who participated in the canvassing event, along with more than 30 firefighters.

The initiative is part of the national American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign designed to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries across the country by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. With generous support from J.M. Huber Corporation, the event enabled teams to canvas the area surrounding their office building, making a life-saving impact in the community.

“J.M. Huber Corporation wanted to go the extra mile to ensure our employees were prepared for a home fire, as well as our neighbors,” said Josh Winkel, Senior Scientist. “We’re thrilled to be able to partner with the American Red Cross on the Home Fire Campaign initiative and make a potentially life-saving impact within our community.”

Huber also hosted a Safety Day on June 10th, the day before the canvassing event, for their 120 employees. The event brought in community partners such as the fire department and the Red Cross to educate their workers on topics such as how to build a disaster kit, home fire prevention, practicing the use of a fire extinguisher, and more. The Red Cross provided a total of 18 workshops throughout the course of the day.  

“The American Red Cross of Central Maryland assists residents affected by home fire on a daily basis,” said Scott R Salemme, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region. “With support from J.M. Huber Corporation and other community partners, we are able to save lives and educate our neighbors by installing free smoke alarms and handing out educational materials.”