The American Red Cross will kick off a nationwide fire safety push on Saturday, April 28, 2018 with a large-scale event in the Bronx. After staging and training at different locations in the borough, including Yankee Stadium, more than 100 Red Cross volunteers will then fan out into local neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and to educate families about fire safety.
This will be the first event in a three-week series of Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events between April 28, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018 when Red Cross chapters across the country will install over 100,000 smoke alarms.
The next NYC fire safety events will take place on May 6 and May 12 in Brooklyn.
The New York Yankees, a longstanding partner of the Red Cross, will host one of the staging and training locations at Yankee Stadium in support of this nationwide fire safety initiative.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, including nearly 1300 across New York City. Most of these local disasters are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Across the country, the campaign is making a difference. As of mid-April 2018, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved more than 400 lives and installed more than one million free smoke alarms. This includes over 35,000 free smoke alarms installed across New York City in the last year alone.
Sound the Alarm is a year-round program available to NYers from all boroughs. To sign up for a free smoke alarm, to join as a volunteer or to provide financial support visit www.SoundtheAlarm.org/nyc.
These events in NYC are made possible through the generous support of partners like BBDO, CBS Corporation, Dentsu Aegis Network, the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), the FDNY Foundation, Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., Turner Construction, and the New York Yankees.
Elected officials are also supporting these efforts, serving as Sound the Alarm Champions to help make their communities safer. Many will volunteer personally on these installation days to install smoke detectors and provide fire safety education to their neighbors.
Champions in Brooklyn:
Borough President Eric L. Adams; Council member Alan Maisel; Council member Jumaane D. Williams; Council member Mathieu Eugene; Council member Inez D. Barron; Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel; Council member Laurie A. Cumbo; Council member Robert E. Cornegy Jr.; Council member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr.; Assembly member Jaime R. Williams; Assembly member Helene E. Weinstein; Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte; Assembly member Diana C. Richardson; Assembly member Tremaine Wright; Assembly member Walter T. Mosley; Assembly member Maritza Davila; Assembly member Erik M. Dilan; Senator Martin Malavé Dilan; Senator Jesse Hamilton; Senator Roxanne J. Persaud; Senator Kevin S. Parker; Congress member Yvette Clarke; Congress member Hakeem Jeffries
Champions in Bronx:
Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; Congress member Jose E. Serrano; Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie; Assembly member Michael Blake; Assembly member Marcos Crespo; Assembly member Latoya Joyner; Assembly member Jeffrey Dinowitz; Senator Gustavo Rivera; Senator Jose M. Serrano; Senator Jamaal Bailey; Council member Vanessa Gibson; Council member Rafael Salamanca, Jr.; Council member Ritchie J. Torres; Council member Fernando Cabrera; Council member Ruben Diaz; Council member Andy King; Council member Andrew Cohen
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/GNY or visit us on Twitter at @redcrossny.