Free Fire Safety Education and Combination Smoke/CO Detectors Available to Local Residents
Dozens of trained and dedicated volunteers from the American Red Cross in Greater New York will fan out across Queens this Saturday, April 30, 2016, to install FREE combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as part of the #GetAlarmedNYC fire safety initiative. This program, launched last fall in conjunction with the FDNY, the FDNY Foundation, the Office of the Mayor, and the New York City Council, seeks to install up to 100,000 smoke detectors across New York City.
In addition to large installation days like this Saturday, smaller Red Cross teams install alarms and provide fire safety education for local residents daily across the fire boroughs. NYC residents can sign up for an appointment by calling 1-877-REDCROSS (877-733-2767) or visiting www.redcross.org/getalarmednyc.
As part of this program, Red Cross has been working with local elected officials and community leaders to spread information about fire safety and also encourage local residents to sign up to receive a free combination smoke detector. This Saturday’s efforts were bolstered by the participation of event sponsors NY State Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, Councilman I. Daneek Miller and Queen Community Board 12.
“I am happy to be working with American Red Cross to provide free carbon monoxide detector installation training to Southeast Queens residents,” said New York State Senator Leroy Comrie. “The Red Cross has been an integral safety net, assisting over 6,500 families affected by local disasters in 2015 alone. I am proud to report that the legislature appropriated over $3 million dollars in the 2016-17 budget to support the vital services the Red Cross provides in Queens and throughout the state. I look forward to continuing to partner with the Red Cross to train our residents in emergency preparedness, and other important initiatives that are critical to families in Queens.”
“We've seen all too often the devastation home fires leave in their wake,” said Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman. (D- St. Albans). “I want to thank the Red Cross and all the local volunteers who are going door-to-door to let their neighbors know about the importance of fire preparedness and also helping install smoke detectors in their homes.”
“It is simple: Having smoke and carbon monoxide detectors saves lives and I encourage everyone to install them in their homes,” said Councilman I. Daneek Miller. “I would like to thank Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman, and the Red Cross for their support in organizing this event.”
“The provision of smoke detectors to residents of St. Albans will save lives and deter smoke and fire conditions in many homes. We are thankful for the continued commitment of the American Red Cross to enhance safety in our community districts,” said Adrienne E. Adams, Chairperson, Community Board 12, Borough of Queens, New York.
“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 to our committed partners who have already helped us to install nearly 3000 detectors across Queens, making the community and its residents safer.”
#GetAlarmedNYC is the largest smoke detector giveaway and installation program in U.S. 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.
The American Red Cross in Greater New York participates in #GetAlarmedNYC is part of a 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 #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.