Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Red Cross Holds Mifflin County Home Fire Safety Event

Close to 100 American Red Cross and United Way of Mifflin-Juniata Day of Caring volunteers joined forces with the Lewistown and Juanita Borough Fire Departments and the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy to install close to 350 free smoke alarms and educate residents on the importance of home fire preparedness during a special event held in Lewistown and Juniata Terrace on Wednesday, September 21, 2016.

“Every seven minutes, someone dies in a home fire,” noted Stephanie Fost, Red Cross Mid-Central Pennsylvania Executive Director. “Working smoke alarms and home fire escape plans can increase your chances of evacuating safely by over 50%. The service provided here today will someday save a life.”

The Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign is a five-year initiative aimed at reducing the number of home fire related deaths and injuries by 25%. Now entering its third year, the American Red Cross can document over 110 lives saved nationally due to the program.

Volunteers for the Mifflin County install event came from Philips and Community Service Group and were organized by the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata. They were complemented by staff and volunteers from the American Red Cross Central Pennsylvania Region. A special note of thanks also needs to go to the Lewistown and Juanita Borough Fire Departments, Mifflin County Emergency Management Association, Pennsylvania Fire Academy, Juniata Terrace Borough Council, Grace United Methodist Church, Lewistown Boy Scout Troop 4, Giant in Lewistown and Burnham, Weis Market in Burnham, Subway in Lewistown, and Sheetz in Lewistown.