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Red Cross Working with Amanda Hansen Foundation to Install CO Detectors with Smoke Alarms in WNY
Part of Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries by 25%

BUFFALO, NY, Wednesday, May 25, 2016— As part of the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter is proud to partner with the Amanda Hansen Foundation to offer free Carbon Monoxide detectors along with free smoke alarms in homes that need them. Red Cross volunteers will install a CO detector provided by the Amanda Hansen Foundation along with up to smoke alarms, while providing important fire safety information to families in the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming).

“We are so pleased to partner with the Amanda Hansen Foundation to help make Western New York families safer,” said Chuck Marra, Executive Director of the American Red Cross, Western New York Chapter. “Since launching in October 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has saved 92 lives across the country, and by installing Carbon Monoxide detectors along with smoke alarms, we’re doing even more to keep area families safe.”

“The Red Cross Home Fire Campaign is a perfect way to promote our mission of supplying the public with CO detectors who could not otherwise afford them,” said Ken Hansen of the Amanda Hansen Foundation. “We hope to keep Amanda’s memory alive by helping others avoid the same needless tragedy, and provided CO detectors along with smoke alarms will truly help save lives here in Western New York.”

Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries by as much as 25 percent over the next few years. Launched in October of 2014, the Red Cross and thousands of campaign partners have helped save numerous lives through the effort, as well as installing more than a quarter million smoke alarms in homes all across the country. Here in Western New York, 1,482 smoke alarms have been installed between July 1, 2015-April 30, 2016.

The campaign focuses on increasing the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with high numbers of home fires and encouraging everyone to practice their fire escape plans. The Red Cross is asking every household in America to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home. As part of the Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross is joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke detectors in homes that need them. For more information or to schedule an installation appointment, email smokealarms.wny@redcross.org or call 716-878-2353.

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