American Red Cross offers safety tips for Fire Prevention Week
CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- Through the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross, they're able to help install free smoke alarms in homes around the area.
"Since 2014, the American Red Cross documented over 640 lives have been saved across the country as a result of our home fire prevention campaign," said American Red Cross Finger Lakes chapter executive director, Brian McConnell. "So we're invited into individuals homes to install up to three ten-year battery smoke alarms. Then also work on an evacuation plan with the family."
According to the American Red Cross, home fires kill seven people each day in the U.S.. McConnell says one of the best ways to survive a fire is to be prepared.
"They should have an evacuation plan from each room in their house," said McConnell. "Practice it and be able to get out in under two minutes from each location in their home. They should also reach out to their fire companies or the American Red Cross and see about how they can get working smoke alarms installed in their homes."
One of the lives saved from the Red Cross' "Home Fire Campaign" is Millport resident, Sandra Monroe. In July, she was woken up by smoke alarms installed by Red Cross volunteers from Wallin Insurance.
"The dehumidifier overheated and caught fire," said Monroe. "The smoke alarm went off and I had plenty of time to call my brother and he was there in no time and got everything under control."
Monroe credits the alarms to not only saving her life, but the lives of her pets as well as her home. If you live in the Southern Tier and would be interested in getting fire alarms installed in your home, you can contact the Finger Lakes Red Cross at (607) 936-3766. For Northern Pennsylvania residents, please call the North Central Pennsylvania Red Cross at 1-570-524-0400.