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Council Member Deutsch and Red Cross Team Up to Make Brooklyn Safer

Council Member Deutsch and Red Cross Team Up to Make Brooklyn Safer.

Staff and interns from the office of Council Member Chaim Deutsch learn how to operate the drills and equipment to install fire alarms in people's homes as part of the #GETALARMEDNYC campaign.

"Having a smoke/CO alarm installed in your home can literally mean the difference between life and death."

NYC Council Member Chaim Deutsch and a dozen of his staff members are ready to save lives and educate their constituents about fire safety after recently completing Red Cross fire safety instructor training. This training is part of the #GetAlarmedNYC program, a partnership between the Red Cross, the Mayor’s Office, NY City Council, the FDNY and the FDNY Foundation, which was spurred by the horrific fire last year that claimed the lives of seven children in Midwood, Brooklyn (in Council Member Deutsch’s district).

“Our message is simple: smoke detectors save lives! And the more installation teams we have, the more smoke alarms we can install,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO, American Red Cross in Greater New York. “Thank you to Council Member Deutsch for partnering with us to make NYC safer.”

"Having a smoke/CO alarm installed in your home can literally mean the difference between life and death," said Councilman Chaim Deutsch. "I am incredibly gratified to work so closely with the FDNY and the Red Cross to distribute and install these devices. I encourage my constituents to call my office at 718-368-9176 to sign up for free smoke/CO alarms."

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that nationally, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when there’s a working smoke alarm present. In New York City, the FDNY’s Bureau of Fire Investigations has determined that up to 70 percent of fire deaths in recent years have occurred in residences where there was no working smoke alarm – either with no alarm present, or missing or dead batteries in a device. On average, 7 people die from a home fire every day in the US; on average, 36 people suffer injuries from home fires every day in the US.

#GetAlarmedNYC launched last November with the goal of installing and distributing up to 100,000 free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms across all five boroughs. So far in Brooklyn the Red Cross and partners have installed more than 5000 free devices.

To learn more about #GetAlarmedNYC, including how to schedule a free combination smoke and carbon monoxide detector installation and how to volunteer with the Red Cross, please visit www.RedCross.org/GetAlarmedNYC.