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Red Cross and Chaney Enterprises Team Up For Home Fire Campaign Event in Anne Arundel County

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On Saturday, January 16th the American Red Cross of Southern Maryland was joined by more than 60 volunteers, the Annapolis Fire Department, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, representatives from Chaney Enterprises, Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides, and Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh to install FREE smoke alarms in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

The initiative is part of the national American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign designed to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries across the country by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. With generous support from the Chaney Foundation, the event enabled teams to canvas the area surrounding the Taylor Avenue Fire Station in Annapolis and the Londontowne neighborhood in Anne Arundel County.

“Unfortunately, fires and natural disasters always seem to disproportionally affect those in need,” said marketing manager, Steven Tripp. “As a company that produces construction materials, when we see these tragedies, we know that there is a better way.  We’re focused on improving building safety and resiliency of the building in which we live, work, play, learn, and shop by educating everyone involved in the building process.” 

Teams went door to door in the neighborhoods with the goal of installing smoke alarms in homes needing them, as well as educating residents about fire safety and on the importance of a home fire evacuation plan. More than 500 homes were reached and teams were able to install 92 smoke alarms!

“The American Red Cross of Southern Maryland assists residents affected by home fire on a daily basis,” said Jason Marshall, executive director of the American Red Cross of Southern Maryland. “With support from Chaney Enterprises, we are able to save lives and educate our neighbors by installing free smoke alarms and handing out educational materials.” 

The Red Cross will continue to work with the Annapolis Fire Department and the Anne Arundel County Fire Department on this initiative, providing smoke alarms for future installations.