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FDNY & Red Cross Distribute and Install Smoke Detectors at No Charge!

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Council Member Stephen Levin stresses the dangers of not having a smoke detector. On stage with him (l to r) Assemblyman Joe Lentol, NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan, and Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region

Twice a year, when we gain or lose an hour, we are reminded to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Some may roll their eyes and prefer to procrastinate, but local statistics show in 80% of fatalities due to fires no working smoke detectors were in the homes. The American Red Cross, the FDNY, the NYC Council, and the Mayor’s office have joined forces under the aegis #GetAlarmedNYC to provide fire safety education and offer volunteers to install FREE smoke alarms in the homes of NYC residents.

Greenpoint’s St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy hosted a fire safety session where combination (smoke & CO detector) alarms that last 10 years with no battery change were given away. Also the Red Cross was there to sign up individuals interested in having one of their volunteers install the free alarm for them at no charge. This was a relief to a senior lady who didn’t want to burden her son-in-law with the task.

NYC Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro stated that in 2015 NYC recorded the 2nd lowest number of fires in a year, but his tone held a salutary warning in that one fire is still too many. He concluded by saying that Get Alarmed NYC will be distributing 100,000 free smoke detectors within the next two years.

Assemblyman Lentol mentioned the recent fires in Greenpoint and applauded the community members who have come to the aid of those who lost their homes and was happy to be part of an opportunity to “Educate some of our Greenpoint folks on how we can make ourselves safe.”

Senator Dilan encouraged everyone in the audience to go out and spread the word on how important smoke detectors are.

“Help us save lives in Williamsburg and Greenpoint,” said Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region. He went into deeper detail on the Red Cross Volunteers installing the alarms and offered the opportunity to either request this service or to sign up and volunteer to install the devices.

For a list of Get Alarmed NYC Events visit this web page: http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/index.shtml .  If you can’t attend a Get Alarmed NYC event, you can get a free smoke alarm by calling the American Red Cross at (877) 733-2767.

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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