On Saturday, July 9, 2016, American Red Cross staff and volunteers from the Greater New York region will be in the Wakefield section of the Bronx to help reduce the risk of fire deaths and injuries by installing free combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in area homes.
The event is part of the #GetAlarmedNYC fire safety initiative, a City-wide partnership between the Red Cross, the FDNY, the FDNY Foundation, the Office of the Mayor and the New York City Council that aims to install up to 100,000 smoke detectors throughout New York City.
“The message we are sharing is simple: smoke alarms save lives,” said Josh Lockwood, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in Greater New York. “Thank you to our volunteers and partners for your ongoing support.”
The event is sponsored by NY State Assembly Member Carl E. Heastie.
“Fire prevention and safety is an important conversation that should happen in every home,” said Heastie. “Thanks to the Red Cross, the New York City Fire Department and all of the volunteers in the Get Alarmed NYC initiative, this Install Day will ensure the residents in our Wakefield community are armed with the equipment and the knowledge they need to keep their homes and their loved ones safe.”
The American Red Cross in Greater New York participates in #GetAlarmedNYC as part of a national Red Cross campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries by up to 25 percent over the next five years. 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.
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 or call 1-877-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.