Red Cross Sounds the Alarm to end home fires

By Wendy Ladd

Employees teamed up with the Red Cross of Long Island to Sound the Alarm against house fires. The morning of the event, May 11 there was a tragic house fire that critically injured a child and several fire fighters in Queens. The home did not have working smoke alarms. That tragedy drove home the importance of this program. 

Employee volunteers from National Grid and PSEG Long Island went out into the local communities and installed 373 free smoke alarms and educated families about fire safety.

This is part of a series of Sound the Alarm. Save a Life. home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events between April 28, 2018 and Saturday, May 12, 2018 when Red Cross volunteers across the country will install over 100,000 smoke alarms.

“National Grid is proud partner in supporting the Red Cross in fire safety, simply installing a smoke detector saves lives,” said Jim Flannery, V.P., Power Generation Operations at National Grid and Long Island Red Cross Board member. “Residents are encouraged to install CO detectors as well as smoke detectors in their homes and to test detectors that may already be installed to ensure that they are in working order. Protecting your family is the most important thing you can do, it only takes a few minutes to ensure your home is safe.”

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 this fire safety campaign in 2014.

“We are grateful to our partners for supporting our efforts to end home fires and help make our neighbors safer,” said Neela Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island.

The campaign is making a difference. As of mid-April 2018, the Red Cross and their partners across the country have saved more than 400 lives and installed more than one million free smoke alarms. This includes more than 1700 free smoke alarms installed in Long Island homes in the last year alone.

Sound the Alarm is a year-round program available to all. To sign up for a free smoke alarm, to join as a volunteer or to provide financial support visit www.SoundtheAlarm.org/li.

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