Seven times per day on average, a person dies in a fire in this country. To reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years, the American Red Cross has launched the nationwide Home Fire Campaign.
Wallin Insurance Agency, Inc., of Elmira, is partnering with the American Red Cross’ Finger Lakes Chapter to support the campaign in Chemung County. Peter Wallin, owner of Wallin Insurance Agency, recently made a generous donation to the Red Cross for its Home Fire Campaign initiatives in the county.
As part of the campaign, Red Cross staff and volunteers are installing free smoke alarms in communities that have experienced a high number of fires. In addition to offering smoke alarms, batteries and installation, the Red Cross is providing fire safety education and safety checklists for residents throughout Chemung County.
“Smoke detectors save lives and, if I had my way, every home and apartment in the area would be equipped with the smoke detectors needed to keep the families inside safe,” Wallin said. “I look forward to taking steps to make that happen – even going door-to-door myself to hand some out.
“This partnership between Wallin Insurance Agency and the American Red Cross is simply the right thing to do for this community,” Wallin added. “I have personally seen too many disasters and deaths that could have been prevented with a working smoke alarm. This program will save lives!”
Home fires affect more people annually in the United States than floods, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, according to statistics compiled by the American Red Cross. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: check existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.
“We want to thank Wallin Insurance for its support of our Home Fire Campaign that is already saving lives across the country and will do the same right here in Chemung County,” said Joel
Robinson, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter. “Since studies show that two out of every three home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms, Wallin’s support of this program will clearly save lives.”
Anyone interested in having a free smoke alarm installed in their home should contact Judy Coleman, Disaster Program Manager for the Finger Lakes Chapter, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-936-3766.
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