Bushwick

Red Cross to install free smoke alarms in Bushwick

Residents can call to make an appointment

September 30, 2015 By Mary Frost Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The American Red Cross will be in Bushwick on Saturday, Oct. 3, to install free smoke alarms. Residents can call to make an appointment. Photo courtesy of the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross will be in Bushwick on Saturday, Oct. 3, to install free smoke alarms.

The free installation is part of the organization’s new campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

“In New York, we have set aggressive goals for smoke alarm installations and fire safety training,” Red Cross spokesperson Abigail Adams told the Brooklyn Eagle.

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Bushwick is one of the organization’s busiest neighborhoods for local responses related to fires, Adams said. “We identified the top ten communities in Brooklyn for responses and Bushwick is in the top five.”

She added, “The timing of this event is critical. As the weather begins to turn cooler the Red Cross sees a spike in home fires.”

The campaign aims to increase the use of smoke alarms and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans. Statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half.

Trained Red Cross volunteers will install the alarms. Residents can call 877-REDCROSS to schedule appointments, or they can make an appointment on line at: www.redcross.org/hfpcAppointment

Members of the community can get involved in making their neighborhoods safer and join the Red Cross on this fire safety campaign. To volunteer (you must be 18 years and older), visit www.redcross.org/hfpcVolunteer


 


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