MINEOLA, N.Y., April 28, 2022 — Riverhead residents can sign up now for a free smoke alarm installation from the American Red Cross on Long Island and local partners on May 13.
“Our goal is to save lives,” said Jose Dominguez, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “As an organization that responds to home fires nearly every day in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, we at the American Red Cross know all too well the devastating impact of these all-too-common disasters. That’s why we want to make sure everyone has working smoke alarms, which can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.”
Riverhead residents who need assistance can visit www.soundthealarm.org/li to schedule an appointment for a free smoke alarm installation during the Red Cross Sound the Alarm event on Friday May 13, 2022. During the 20-minute home visits, Red Cross volunteers will also share information on the causes of home fires, how to prevent them, what to do if a fire starts and how to create an escape plan.
“Most people don’t realize they only have two minutes to escape a home fire — and that smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years,” Dominguez said. “Taking action with this knowledge can be the difference between survival and tragedy.”
THE AMERICAN RED CROSS ON LONG ISLAND JOINS NATIONAL SOUND THE ALARM EFFORT
This Sound the Alarm event is part of a national Red Cross initiative in May to install 50,000 free smoke alarms with partners in more than 50 at-risk communities across the country. Sound the Alarm events are a critical part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, which has helped save at least 1275 lives nationally since launching in October 2014. As part of the campaign, the American Red Cross on Long Island and local partners have installed more than 12,000 free smoke alarms and made more than 3,700 households safer in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
This May, the Red Cross will be in and around Riverhead, a town that experienced a devastating fatal fire last fall that took five lives, to install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education. However, any Long Islander can sign up for a free smoke alarm installation by visiting www.soundthealarm.org/li.
This work is made possible thanks to generous financial donations from the following partners:
Global Industrial, Hello Taiwan powered by Biacomm, MetLife Foundation, National Grid, New York Cancer & Blood Specialists, New York City Football Club, U.S. Bank, Breakthru Beverage Group, Marsh McLennan, Northville Industries, PSEG Long Island, and State Farm.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossNY.