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Red Cross and Partners Team up to Promote Fire Safety in Brooklyn

Red Cross Volunteers and Partners Team Up to Save Lives.
"The message we are sharing is simple: smoke alarms save lives."

As part of the #GetAlarmedNYC fire safety initiative, more than 100 Red Cross volunteers will team up with local partners to install FREE combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in Bed-Stuy this Saturday, March 5, 2016. Throughout the day, Red Cross volunteers will fan out across this community and knock on doors, talk to residents about fire safety and install hundreds of lifesaving devices in area homes.

“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.”

“While fire deaths are at historic lows, the FDNY is committed – more than ever – to do everything we can to protect New Yorkers, and that begins by making certain our residents have the first line of protection against fire and deadly carbon monoxide gas,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Together, with our many public and private partners in this life-saving program, including the Red Cross, we will reach New Yorkers in Brooklyn and all five boroughs with the simple, yet critical message that smoke alarms save lives.”

“Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors give families the ability to protect themselves and dramatically reduce their risk of harm from a fire or a carbon monoxide leak,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. “As a member of the New York City Police Department for 22 years, I remember responding to many emergencies that resulted in tragedy that could have been avoided with early detection. Combination smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are critical to saving lives and preventing injury, and I thank the American Red Cross for their leadership on bringing these devices into homes across Bedford-Stuyvesant."

“The people of the 36th District are deeply connected. We are committed to helping one another at times of need,” said NY City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. “So, we are grateful to have the Red Cross’ support in preparing us to respond and assist our neighbors experiencing emergencies even more effectively. I cannot recommend this weekend’s training highly enough.”

“I am pleased to join with my colleagues in government, the American Red Cross and the New York City Fire Department in the distribution of smoke detectors as part of the #GetAlarmedNYC fire safety initiative,” said NY State Assemblywoman Annette Robinson. “It is critical that residents and businesses become more aware of the dangers of not having a working detector in their homes and businesses. Too often we hear about fires in homes and apartments where lives were lost due to not having a working detector. My Office has reached out to Churches, block associations and local businesses to encourage them to take advantage of this initiative. Fire safety is imperative”

“ I am proud to partner with America Red Cross and my fellow colleagues in government to hand out free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant,” said NY State Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley. “These detectors are the first line of defense in a household against accidental fires and leaks. I urge everyone to go an check the batteries on their home smoke detectors to ensure their safety and the safety of their 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 Brooklyn is made possible by funding and support from the Mayor’s Office, NY City Council, FDNY, the Red Cross and the FDNY 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