Smoke alarms save lives! That’s why the American Red Cross on Long Island is teaming up with the Village of Freeport and National Grid on Friday, January 15, 2016, to install free smoke alarms and provide critical fire safety education.
If you live in the Freeport area and you would like a free smoke alarm installed, you can schedule an appointment by calling, 516-229-1086. Appointments are available between 10am and 4pm on January 15. Among the volunteers taking part in this lifesaving initiative are dozens of National Grid’s Power to Serve Employee Volunteers.
As an organization that provides emergency assistance following tens of thousands of home fires every year across the country, the Red Cross knows all too well the devastating impact that these disasters have on our communities. That is why in 2014 the Red Cross launched its Home Fire Campaign, a national initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years across the country. The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans and be aware of fire risks and hazards.
Fire safety experts agree that you have 2 minutes to escape a burning building to safety. 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 this lifesaving program visit www.redcross.org/gny.
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 www.redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.