Sunday, August 9, 2015

Red Cross Installs Smoke Detectors in Columbia

Close to 20 volunteers, including members of the Columbia consolidated Fire Company and employees from York SERVPRO, came together to install smoke detectors and educate residents on the importance of fire preparedness during an event held in Columbia (Lancaster County) on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The free smoke detectors are part of the Red Cross’ effort to reduce the number of fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five-year period.

“Fire is the biggest disaster threat to American families—not floods, hurricanes or tornadoes,” noted Chris Doty, Red Cross Disaster Program Specialist. “When a fire occurs, you have two minutes to safely evacuate your home. By working with the local fire department to target at-risk communities, we are able to provide free smoke detectors and other potentially life-saving fire safety information that can give people a fighting chance should they ever find themselves in a home fire situation.”