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Red Cross Kicks Off Home Fire Safety Campaign in Greater NY

Red Cross Kicks Off Home Fire Safety Campaign in Greater NY.

Photo: Matt LaMonica

"The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with higher numbers of home fires and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans."

Volunteers install more than 100 smoke detectors in Suffolk and Westchester Counties

The American Red Cross kicked-off their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign in Greater NY on Thursday, January 15, 2015 with fire safety and smoke detector installation events in Brentwood and New Rochelle, N.Y.

This campaign is part of a national Red Cross initiative to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years across the country. The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with higher numbers of home fires and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans.

On Long Island, the Red Cross was stationed at the Brentwood Public Library, meeting with local residents to schedule free smoke alarm installation appointments in the Brentwood/Bay Shore area. Participating residents received up to three alarms installed by a team of volunteers. Throughout the day, the Red Cross installed 60 smoke detectors and discussed fire safety with nearly 100 residents.

In Westchester, the Red Cross partnered with New Rochelle Fire Department Local 273 to install free smoke alarms in two neighborhoods—Webster and Potter Avenue. Both of these communities have seen a high incidence of home fires these past few years. By the end of the day, Red Cross volunteers installed more than 50 smoke detectors.

These are the first two of many fire safety events that will take place in communities across the Greater NY region over the next five years.

Special thanks to Airbnb, the lead sponsor for the campaign in the Greater NY region.

These events were taking place at a time that the Greater NY Red Cross is seeing a spike in home fires—nearly 40 in the last 5 days—and thus more residents in need of humanitarian services. The largest incident occurred in Yonkers where more than 60 residents turned to the Red Cross after a 3-alarm fire destroyed their apartment building. The Red Cross has been operating a shelter for these displaced families since Wednesday evening.

To learn more about fire safety visit www.redcross.org/firesafety.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/gny or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.