Manchester, NH. May 7, 2018 — The American Red Cross recently installed 220+ smoke alarms and reached hundreds of people about home fire safety during the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation event on Saturday, May 5th in Manchester neighborhoods.
“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 Lloyd Ziel, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “We are grateful to everyone who supported this effort.”
Red Cross volunteers and local partners including the Manchester Fire Department and Fire Marshal’s office canvassed neighborhoods, installing free smoke alarms, replacing batteries in existing alarms and helping families create escape plans. The Red Cross thanks them all for their participation. Photos of volunteers in action can be seen on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/nhredcross/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1888116217925674
But the work isn’t over. Anyone who needs a smoke alarm can call the Red Cross and arrange for an appointment for volunteers to come and install free smoke alarms and walk residents through their escape plan. You can go to http://www.redcross.org/local/new-hampshire-vermont/home-fire-safety/smoke-alarm or call 1-800-464-6692.
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 wants to end these tragedies and save lives, the reason why the organization launched the Home Fire Campaign in 2014.
Across the country, the Campaign is making a difference. As of May 1st, the Red Cross and our partners across the country have saved at least 416; reached 1,075,894 through youth preparedness programs, and installed 1,207,636 free smoke alarms. Here in New Hampshire and Vermont, the Red Cross has installed over 6,000 smoke alarms since the program began.
To learn more about the Home Fire Campaign, visit redcross.org. Please help us Sound the Alarm by volunteering to install smoke alarms, making a financial contribution, or taking steps to protect your own family from home fires.
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 redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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