On Saturday, June 11, 2016, 50 Red Cross staff and volunteers from across Greater New York convened in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn to reduce the risk of fire deaths and injuries. 263 free combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors were installed as part of the #GetAlarmedNYC program to promote fire safety. This initiative aims to install up to 100,000 smoke detectors throughout New York City by 2017 in collaboration with the FDNY, the FDNY Foundation, the Office of the Mayor, and the New York City Council.
“I was honored to be a part of the Red Cross #GetAlarmedNYC event in Bensonhurst," said Assemblyman Peter Abbate, Jr. "This event spread awareness of the life or death consequences of not having proper smoke alarms installed and promoted fire safety across Brooklyn. The work these volunteers are doing is so important and I want to thank them and the Red Cross for making this event possible.”
“The bottom line is your chance of survival from a fire at home is doubled when you have a working smoke alarm,” said Council Member Vincent Gentile. “If your home is without a smoke alarm or if you have a defected smoke alarm I strongly encourage you to sign-up for a free installation provided by the American Red Cross. I commend the American Red Cross, FDNY, the Mayor’s Office and my colleagues for uniting on this vital initiative.”
“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 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.