Lives Saved: Binghamton family escapes home fire days after Red Cross smoke alarm install
“If they hadn’t come, I couldn’t even imagine.”
For months, Cassandra Simmons had been prompted to install smoke alarmsin the Binghamton home she shares with her husband, daughter and threegrandchildren after a recent construction project.
“I had a hard time getting them where they needed to go andthen I would see something else in the mail for the American Red Cross and so Ithought let me give them a call.”
This past February a team of Red Cross volunteers as part ofthe Sound the Alarm Home Fire campaign visited Simmons’ home to install freesmoke alarms throughout her home and provide lifesaving home fire safetyeducation, including a two-minute escape plan in the event of a home fire.
“It brings me to tears every time. It was Thursday and thenthat Sunday, if we didn’t have the Red Cross come in here, I don’t think myselfand my grandson would be here.”