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American Red Cross & Emera Maine Partner to Install Free Smoke Alarms

Release Date:  03-27-2017

Machias & East Machias – On Saturday, April 15, the American Red Cross of Maine and Emera Maine are partnering with local fire departments to install free smoke alarms in the home of residents of Machias and East Machias.

Residents wishing to schedule an appointment to have smoke alarms, free of charge, installed in their homes can call (207) 874-1192 ext. 113 or online at www.redcross.org/local/maine/home-fire-preparedness-campaign/home-visit  

Thanks to a generous grant from Emera Maine, Red Cross staff, consisting primarily of community volunteers, will be joined by local fire departments and will go door-to-door to speak with residents who pre-registered about fire safety, emergency escape plans, and to install battery-operated smoke alarms, free of charge.  More than a dozen volunteers have signed up to participate on Saturday, April 15 and they plan to visit homes throughout the day with a goal of installing hundreds of free smoke alarms.

Over the last two years, the Red Cross in Maine has installed more than 5,000 smoke alarms in homes throughout the state. Red Cross volunteers are constantly working in communities throughout the state to reduce home fires and a working smoke alarm increases the odds of someone surviving a home fire by 50 percent.

The event is part of the Red Cross’ National Home Fire Campaign launched two years ago with the goal of reducing the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent nationally over five years.  Emera Maine’s grant enables the Red Cross to launch their first Home Fire Campaign event in Machias and East Machias.

“There is nothing more important to us at Emera Maine than safety”, said Stan Hartin, Manager of Safety.  “The well-being of our customers, the public, and our employees is paramount. This past fall, every Emera Maine employee took part in smoke detector, fire extinguisher, and escape route-planning training, so this partnership with the American Red Cross is a natural extension of the work we’re already doing to keep people safe, and one we’re proud to support.”

When a fire breaks out in a home, residents have about two minutes to escape.  “Smoke alarms provide an early warning when a home fire starts, and combined with an emergency escape plan, greatly increase your odds of getting out of the house safely,” said Aly Finn, Red Cross Disaster Program.