The American Red Cross, in conjunction with several local community groups including the 7th Ward Civic Association Service, Dale Borough Volunteer Fire Department and Johnstown Fire Department, will distribute fire safety information and install free smoke alarms in the Dale Borough and Hornerstown sections of Johnstown on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The national Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 with the goal of reducing deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent in five years. Smoke alarms cut the risk of death from a fire in half and is the reason the Red Cross and fire departments are working together to install fire alarms and teach people about fire safety.
“The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is designed to help reduce deaths, injuries and damages due to residential fires,” said Ken Geary, executive director of the American Red Cross of PA Mountains. “We’re pleased to partner with our community groups and fire departments to conduct this campaign and install the smoke alarms where needed.”
“While the alarms will not prevent fires, they do give people a chance to get out of their homes safely and call 911 for immediate assistance. We hope everyone takes advantage of the offer of free smoke alarms. Every home should have one per floor and one per bedroom,” he said.
As the door-to-door canvassing takes place on Feb. 27, installation teams will be available to conduct free, in-home fire safety education and preparedness checks and install smoke alarms at no charge, as needed. If residents are not home, they can call 814-262-3177 to complete a registration form. Arrangements will be made to have our fire company partners install the alarms at a later date.
Additional community partners and groups helping with the local Home Fire Campaign event are Laurel Auto Group, ServPro of Cambria County, PMSC AmeriCorps, Bishop McCort High School Hockey Team, and Flood City Church.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, call the American Red Cross of PA Mountains at 814-262-3177.