American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign coming to Meadville

From the American Red Cross of NWPA:

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign will visit Meadville on July 30, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to install smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

Teams of Red Cross staff and community volunteers will visit residents to install free smoke alarms if needed. They will replace smoke alarms older than ten years, and replace batteries in newer smoke alarms – all at no charge. They also will offer to conduct free, in-home fire safety checks and help homeowners develop fire escape plans.

The Red Cross partners with fire departments and community groups across the country to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires and encourage everyone to practice their fire escape plans. Joining the Red Cross will be the Meadville Central Fire Department. Volunteers from the following organizations will assist with the Home Fire Campaign event: Acutec Precision Machining, Meadville Lions Club, Meadville Medical Center, and Meadville Rotary Club.

“Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we’re joining with groups from across our community to install smoke alarms,” said Pam Masi, executive director, American Red Cross of Northwestern PA. “We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fire.”

According to Meadville Fire Chief Evan A. Hasko, working smoke alarms double the chance of surviving a home fire. “Having working smoke alarms can save lives and reduce injuries and damages due to fires in the home. While the alarms will not prevent fires, they do give residents a chance to get out of their homes safely and call 911 for immediate assistance,” Chief Hasko said.

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. The Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives and installed more than a quarter of a million smoke alarms in homes all across the country since the campaign launched in October of 2014.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT for a July 30 visit from Red Cross Home Fire Campaign volunteers, residents can call the Smoke Installation Hotline at 814-240-7667.