The American Red Cross, Greater Rochester Chapter, recently installed 408 smoke alarms in nearly 200 homes during the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event.
Additional homes will be reached in the coming weeks.
“The day was a big success and an important step in helping educate residents about how to be safe if a fire should occur in their home,” said James Love, executive director of the Greater Rochester Chapter. “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”
Red Cross volunteers and local partners canvassed neighborhoods, installed free smoke alarms, replaced batteries in existing alarms and helped families create escape plans.
The Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, the majority of which are home fires. Working smoke alarms in a home cut the risk of death by half, and having an escape plan further improves the odds of survival. The Red Cross launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014 to end these tragedies and save lives.
As of March 31, the Red Cross and its partners across the country saved at least 416 lives, reached more than 1 million people through youth preparedness programs and installed more than 1.2 million free smoke alarms. In western and central New York, 5,043 free smoke alarms went into 1,990 households through the Home Fire Campaign in 2017.
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