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Home Fire Campaign Coming to Chemung County

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The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign will visit neighborhoods in Elmira, Elmira Heights, Horseheads and Pine City on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home. 

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. The Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014. 

The Red Cross partners with fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans. 

Joining the Red Cross here will be partner agencies Wallin Insurance, Wilkins RV, Red Cross volunteers and other event-based volunteers. To become a partner, contact

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms,” said Judith Coleman, disaster program manager for the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes. “We will also be teaching people how to be safe should they have a home fire.” 

SIMPLE STEPS TO SAVE LIVES Even as the Red Cross and other groups install smoke alarms in some neighborhoods, they are calling on everyone to take two simple steps that can save lives: create and practice their home fire escape plan and check their smoke alarms. There are several things families and individuals can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire: 

If someone doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them. At a minimum, put one on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. 

If someone does have alarms, test them today. If they don’t work, replace them.  

Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes.  

Practice that plan. What’s the household’s escape time?

WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO People can visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. They can become a Red Cross volunteer by contacting
For more information, call the Finger Lakes chapter at (607) 936-3766.