Friday, September 11, 2015

Red Cross Canvasses Harrisburg Community

Two hundred American Red Cross and United Way of the Capital Region Day of Caring volunteers joined forces with the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire to install roughly 550 smoke detectors and educate area residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held on Friday, September 11, 2015.

“Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire,” noted Red Cross Board Chair Karen Deklinski during her opening remarks at Harrisburg Fire Station #2. “When a fire occurs, you have two minutes to safely evacuate your home. Having working smoke detectors and family escape plans that are learned and practiced can greatly increase your chance of making it to safety should a home fire occur.

“The Red Cross is excited to be partnering with the United Way of the Capital Region and the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire in our effort to educate residents on the importance of home fire safety. It’s great to see so many volunteers working together in the community to help us reach our goal of reducing the number of home fire injuries and fatalities by 25%.”

She went on to thank UGI, PinnacleHealth, Phoenix Contact, and the entire Harrisburg Bureau of Fire for their support of the event.

She concluded with a special thanks to the Red Cross volunteers “who are here today, and who are out in the community 24-hours per day, 365-days per year, helping people whenever and wherever needed.”

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