As part of the #GetAlarmedNYC fire safety initiative, the Red Cross will team up with local partners to install FREE combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in Port Richmond, Staten Island this Saturday, March 19, 2016. Throughout the day, Red Cross teams will fan out across this community and visit area homes, talk to residents about fire safety and install hundreds of lifesaving devices.
Along with the support Red Cross volunteers and donors, this Saturday’s efforts are made possible by event sponsors Matthew Titone, NY State Assembly Member; Debi Rose, NYC Council Member and Diane J. Savino, NY State Senator.
“Installing a fire alarm is a simple step that could prevent a great tragedy. I commend the Red Cross for proactively helping to ensure our communities are safer,” said NY State Assembly Member Matthew Titone. “I am dedicated to working with the Red Cross and other local organizations to ensure that fire safety/prevention is a top priority for my constituents.”
“Every home should have functioning smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement,” said NYC Council Member Debi Rose. “There’s no question that smoke alarms save lives, and so I’m proud to partner with the American Red Cross to help ensure that every home in Port Richmond has a smoke alarm properly installed. I urge all of my constituents who do not have proper smoke alarms installed to sign up for this free event. It might just save your life or the life of a loved one.”
"I would like to commend the Red Cross for hosting such a great event, spreading awareness of the importance of having smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in homes,” said NY State Senator Diane J. Savino. “As an elected official, it is my responsibility to ensure that my constituents are provided not only tools but information that can prevent an unnecessary tragedy. I think it's great that the Red Cross is providing alarms free of charge, especially for those homes that may not be equipped with them."
“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 dedicated volunteers and our committed partners who allow us to provide this free service to the community.”
#GetAlarmedNYC, the largest smoke detector giveaway and installation program in U.S., is a $4 million fire and life safety initiative providing free installation and distribution of 100,000 photoelectric combination smoke/carbon monoxide alarms to tens of thousands of city residents over the next two years. The program, spurred by the tragic deaths of seven children last March in a fire in Midwood, targets communities in all five boroughs that pose the greatest risks from fire, according to FDNY statistics and analysis.
This program and Saturday’s event in Staten Island is made possible by funding and support from the Mayor’s Office, NY City Council, FDNY, the Red Cross, the FDNY Foundation and the Staten Island Foundation. The Red Cross participation in #GetAlarmedNYC is part of its national 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 the Red Cross participation in #GetAlarmedNYC including how to schedule a free smoke/carbon monoxide installation and how to volunteer, visit www.RedCross.org/GetAlarmedNYC.