Red Cross Hosting Fire Safety Day for National Preparedness Month

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As part of National Preparedness Month, the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties is co-sponsoring Fire Safety Day this Saturday, September 29 from 9am-noon at the Schiller Park Senior Center, located at 2057 Genesee Street in Buffalo.

Representatives from the Red Cross and Buffalo Fire Department will provide fire preparedness education and demonstrations, including the importance of creating a fire escape plan. The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control Fire Safety House, a virtual home on wheels complete with kitchen, living room and bedroom, will be at the event to provide attendees with a hands-on lesson in fire safety, including a “live-fire” demonstration.

As part of Fire Safety Day, 100 free smoke detectors, donated by the Children’s Fire & Burn Fund, will be given to Schiller Park community residents who meet certain pre-determined criteria. Representatives will be following up with attendees in the following weeks to ensure that the smoke detectors have been properly installed in their homes and find out if residents have discussed a fire escape plan.

“Everyone must be prepared to take care of themselves and their neighbors in an emergency,” said Kenneth Turner, Senior Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross, Serving Erie & Niagara Counties. “No one can predict where or when disasters will strike, but preparedness steps taken today can save lives tomorrow.”

Fire Safety Day is sponsored by the American Red Cross, Buffalo Board of Block Clubs, Buffalo Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Buffalo Fire Department, Children’s Fire & Burn Fund, and Schiller Park Community Services. For more information, call (716) 878-2352.

During National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross is encouraging all households to create a family disaster plan to make sure they are ready for the next emergency or disaster. Plans should include designating a meeting place right outside the home in case of a sudden emergency like a fire, an out-of-area emergency contact person and a location where everyone should meet if they can't go home. All members of the household should work together on the emergency plan and each person should know how to reach other family members.

“Disasters can strike at any time and being prepared is a family’s best defense,” said Turner. “Making a plan is an important step in making sure all household members know what to do in an emergency.”

Red Cross tools make it easier for people to make or update plans. The American Red Cross Hurricane App for iPhone or Android smart phones helps people create a plan, share it with household members and over social networks. In addition, a template and instructions to build a plan are available at

Other Ways to Get Ready

The Red Cross has several programs to help people, businesses, schools and communities be better prepared.

  • Be Red Cross Ready is an online tutorial that teaches people to be ready for emergencies.
  • Red Cross Ready Rating™ is a free, web-based membership program that measures how ready businesses, organizations and schools are to deal with emergencies and helps them improve their readiness level.
  • The Ready When the Time Comes program trains employees from businesses so they can be used as a community-based volunteer force when disaster strikes.
  • Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED training courses provide participants with the knowledge and skills to respond to emergencies in case advanced medical help is delayed.
  • People can visit for information on what to do before, during and after emergencies and disasters.
  • 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 or join our blog at