Home Fire Campaign Update

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“If you want to donate a gift this year, donate a smoke alarm” – Renee Hughes, CEO, American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region

PHILADELPHIA – Approaching the corner of Ditman Street, I noticed individuals in red vests and jackets, a tent with the words “American Red Cross” and a robust group of firefighters dressed and ready as if they were prepared to take action the moment a disaster occurred.

The American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region and the Philadelphia Fire Department are installing free smoke alarms and educating residents along the streets of Philadelphia about the importance of fire safety.

Throughout this “No More Fire Deaths” campaign, there has been a 61% reduction in deaths from home fires thanks to the installation of 3,000 ten-year battery powered smoke alarms within homes.

With the help of the fire department, the Red Cross and local partners, we can reduce fire deaths and injuries in a city of 1.5 million people by implementing family action plans and working together to promote a safer environment for all.

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