Close to 80 Red Cross and community volunteers joined forces with the City of York Department of Fire Rescue Services and Mayor C. Kim Bracey's office to install 627 free smoke detectors in 168 homes and educate the residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during an event held in the city's West End on Thursday, October 15, 2015. The event is part of the Red Cross' effort to reduce the number of home fire injuries and fatalities by 25% over a five year period.
"When a home fire occurs, you have roughly two minutes to safely evacuate," noted Red Cross South Central Pennsylvania Board Chair Patrick Ball when addressing the volunteers prior to the start of the event. "Working smoke detectors can increase your chance of escaping by over 50%, yet nearly 5 million homes in the United States do not have working smoking detectors."
Assembling on West Princess Street before being dispersed into the neighborhood in teams of four, participants also listened to remarks from Mayor Bracey, who has been a strong supporter of the program and the impact it has in the local community.
"I am pleased to join alongside The American Red Cross in their Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, to ensure the safety and awareness of our residents in the City of York, making certain that they are provided with the available resources that can assist in saving lives,” noted Bracey.
Following the opening presentation, volunteers went door-to-door, discussing with residents the importance of creating and practicing fire escape plans. They also offered to install free smoke detectors in any homes where working smoke detectors didn't currently exist.
Companies and organizations that provided the volunteer manpower for the Home Fire Preparedness event include:
- Baker Tilly, Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams County, CGA Law Firm, Family First Health, Glatfelter Insurance Group, KioWare, M&T Bank, Michael Allen (Penn State York), ROCK Commercial Real Estate, Rotary, Santander Bank, St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stewart & Tate, White Rose Credit Union, YMCA of York, York Traditions Bank, Salem Square Community Association, State Farm
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