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Fire Safety Campaign to help save lives by installing free smoke alarms

Staying Safer

5 Days of Fire Safety, July 15 - 19

On average, 7 people die and 36 people are injured in home fires in the United States every day, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms. Home fires kill more people every year than all other disasters combined. Help us “Sound the Alarm” to prevent these tragedies in our community. 

First Source is once again working with the American Red Cross and their 5 Days of Fire Safety Campaign, to help save lives by installing free smoke alarms in homes that don't have them, and by educating people about home fire safety.

Along with the Red Cross, we will be volunteering by canvassing at-risk neighborhoods in Herkimer on July 9th and 10th, hanging door tags on homes to let residents know they can receive free smoke alarms and free installation on July 19th.

In addition to the Herkimer initiative, the full week’s schedule is listed below. The Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help on installation day.

MONDAY, JULY 15th — 2:00PM - 8:00PM

Southern Oneida County Smoke Alarm Installations
Location: Cassville Fire Department
Partnering with the Cassville Fire Department
Volunteers needed

FRIDAY, JULY 19th — 1:30PM - 6:00PM

Herkimer Smoke Alarm Installations
Location: Herkimer High School
Partnering with the Herkimer Fire Department
Volunteers needed


Community Preparedness Events

Locations In Herkimer and Utica
Chapter-wide simultaneous Citizen Preparedness Corps (CPC) presentations

July 18, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Herkimer United Methodist Church
127 N. Prospect St. | Herkimer, NY 13350

July 19, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Utica Church of Christ
1330 Herkimer Rd. | Utica, NY 13502

On average, Red Cross volunteers help a family affected by a home fire or other disaster 180 times a day, or every 8 minutes. Right here in the Eastern New York Region, the Red Cross responds to more than 400 home fires each year.

Together, we can prevent another home fire statistic.

Other Ways to Find or Offer Help

Learn more about the campaign by visiting the Sound the Alarm Eastern NY website

Request a smoke alarm in the Utica area by calling 315-733-4666, or request a smoke alarm online.

Learn other ways to get involved throughout the year.

Make a donation or start your own fundraiser to support the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign.

Check out Free Tools & Resources offered by the Red Cross.

Learn more about how you can help First Source improve the quality of life in our community. 

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