On the morning of October 15th, ESPN Anchor Kevin Negandhi joined American Red Cross volunteers in The Bronx to install free home smoke detectors, as a part of the American Red Cross’s Home Fire Campaign and #GetAlarmedNYC.
This special event also marked National Fire Prevention Week and the anniversary of the Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness campaign, an effort aimed to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2019 across America.
Joe Spaccarelli, Program Director for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in the Greater New York Region, welcomed Negandhi and 40 dedicated American Red Cross volunteers to the event.
“Fire Prevention Week is a great week for us to be out doing work like this. The Bronx is one of the top two areas for fire incidents in New York City. So getting out into the neighborhood today is going to be really important for folks who need our help,” said Spaccarelli.
Volunteers set out to visit homes and install combination smoke/carbon monoxide detectors and also provide fire safety education. Negandhi was part of a team that included several students from the Hunter College Red Cross Club.
“Working with the volunteers has been my best part of today. They want to do this because of the kindness of their heart and because they know they can change and save lives. To bring awareness, to install fire and smoke alarms, it’s necessary and makes a real difference in the community,” said Negandhi.
In total, volunteers installed 250 smoke detectors across the Bronx. Since the program launched in the Greater New York region, volunteers have installed almost 40,000 smoke detectors. To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign and #GetAlarmedNYC, visit www.redcross.org/GetAlarmnedNYC.