Friday, July 8, 2016

Red Cross Installs Smoke Alarms in Wysox

Close to 50 American Red Cross staff and community volunteers joined forces with the Wysox Fire Department to install over 230 free smoke alarms and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in Wysox on Friday, July 8, 2016.

“With the help of community volunteers, the fire alarms we installed in Wysox have the potential of saving a life,” noted Jeri Sims, Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region CEO. “Since the Red Cross started our Home Fire Preparedness Program close to two years ago, we have been able to document nearly 100 lives saved throughout the country due to efforts such as this. On behalf of the people we serve, I say thank you to our partners and volunteers for helping us to make the community a safer place.”

Seven times each day someone dies in a home fire. Working smoke alarms can increase your chance of escaping safely by over 50%, yet so many homes in our community do not have them. The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness program looks to change that, holding events in communities that have an increased risk of home fires and a lower chance of buildings that contain working smoke alarms.

Sims continued, “We are so grateful for the support of our community partners – UGI, PPL, the United Way of Bradford County, Gannon Associates, Tuscarora Wayne Insurance Company, Citizens and Northern Bank, Repsol, Woody's Ale House, Claverack Rural Electric Company, Marlene's Floral, and the Wysox Fire Department. Their generosity and commitment to our Home Fire Preparedness Program enables events such as this to occur.”