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Red Cross to Install 165 Free Smoke Alarms across Western New York Tuesday

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Volunteers from the American Red Cross will be installing approximately 165 free smoke alarms in Western New York homes Tuesday as part of the ongoing Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries across the country by 25% over five years. In partnership with the Amanda Hansen Foundation, a CO alarm will also be installed in each of the 55 homes across the eight counties that have appointments set for Tuesday.

Approximately 25 Red Cross volunteers will be visiting homes in teams of two-three throughout the day to install the alarms for families that have requested them. Volunteers will also provide important fire safety information and encourage families to create and practice escape plans. Any media interested in joining an installation team is asked to call Chief Communications Officer Jay Bonafede at 716-435-7468 to make arrangements.

The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them. Between July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016, volunteers installed 1,758 smoke alarms in the eight counties of Western New York. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-central-new-york/homefires or call 716-878-2353. The Home Fire Campaign is generously supported in Western New York by National Fire Adjustment Company, Inc. (NFA).

You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.