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Protecting and Educating the Public

Red Cross Smoke Alarms News Item
On a sunny May day, two groups came together to be proactive about fire and life safety

The Weymouth Fire Department and the American Red Cross of Massachusetts partnered to make the homes of 20 North Weymouth families safer.

Together with Mayor Susan Kay and District 1 Councilor Rebecca Haugh, firefighters from Local 1616 and American Red Cross volunteers installed over 80 smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors May 9, 2015.

Louis Matnog, Red Cross Disaster Program Manager for the Greater Boston area, proposed the five- year initiative to Chief Keith Stark of the Weymouth Fire Department back in early March.  Knowing that working smoke alarms are proven to save lives, cutting the risk of dying in a home fire by half, Chief Stark was quick to get involved. Together they began the planning for the May 9th installation event.

Seven times a day, someone dies in a home fire in the United States. Every 40 minutes, an injury from a fire is reported.  Nearly 1,000 times every day, fire departments are called to home fires. The Red Cross has begun a nationwide effort to save lives, reduce injuries, and cut down on needless losses by partnering with communities to install free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms along with providing education on home fire safety.

Through a reverse 911 telephone call and canvassing door-to-door in select North Weymouth neighborhoods, a list of homes needing smoke alarms was assembled.  Armed with maps, tools, ladders and smoke alarms, volunteers went to work on May 9th to install the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. While the alarms were being installed, other volunteers worked with the families to make home escape plans and discuss maintenance and upkeep of the new alarm devices.

Weymouth Fire works with the Red Cross when at the scene of fires to help the displaced families. On a sunny May 9th, the two groups came together to be proactive about fire and life safety.

Another large detector installation is schedule for this summer in Weymouth.