On October 22, 2016, members of the Metro New York North Board of the American Red Cross joined other Red Cross volunteers and partners to install free smoke detectors in Port Chester. The day kicked off with a training session and then teams of four were organized and assigned routes.
For more than five hours teams canvassed neighborhoods installing alarms as well as providing critical fire safety information and setting up future appointments.
The Red Cross responds frequently in Port Chester and had been there just a few days before for a fire. The Port Chester community was warm and welcoming to the teams. Many of the houses had small children with no working smoke detector so the work was extraordinarily gratifying. Mayor Pilla of Port Chester stopped by the event and said, “Having trained Red Crossers come into our neighborhoods is a fantastic service. You really are making our community safer.”
The Port Chester installation day provided great insight into the importance of the work the Red Cross does on a daily basis. Mary Young, CEO, American Red Cross Metro New York North said, “This was a great board service day and we know we are making a real difference and potentially saving lives. The response has been overwhelming and we have even recruited a few volunteers along the way.”
In total eighty alarms were installed and plans for the next install day are already in the works. Giovanna Miller, Board Chair, American Red Cross Metro New York North said, “We had an amazing day. We feel we’ve made Port Chester safer. It’s been so fulfilling.”
The Port Chester installation event was part of a larger effort by the Red Cross to install 45,000 smoke alarms during the month of October in homes across the country through its 5-year national Home Fire Campaign.
To learn more about the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, visit www.redcross.org/MNYNFireSafety.