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Red Cross, Manchester Fire Department events aimed at increasing fire safety

New Hampshire Union Leader

April 24. 2018 11:19PM
District Chief Michael Gamache walks through debris at the scene of an early-morning fire at a multi-family building at 374 Merrimack St. in Manchester on Monday, April 16, 2018. (David Lane/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — The American Red Cross is asking everyone to be a part of its nationwide effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires.

So on Saturday, May 5, the Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont will be holding Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events in Manchester.

With house fires considered the biggest disaster threat facing families in the Queen City, the American Red Cross has joined up with city firefighters to conduct fire safety activities. The Manchester fire department, will have volunteers go door-to-door in local neighborhoods on May 5, to install smoke alarms, discuss fire safety and distribute fire safety information to local residents.

“Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in home fires by half,” said Kristen Binau, regional disaster officer for the American Red Cross in New Hampshire and Vermont. “As a part of our work to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies, the Red Cross and its partners are educating the community and providing vital information on fire safety and the importance of maintaining working smoke alarms. We are thrilled to have the support of Manchester Fire Department to help us carry out this life-saving service.”

Every year, the Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters across the country — and more than 90 percent are fire-related, Binau said.

“We have an opportunity to make a change in our community in our partnership with the American Red Cross. We’re committed to working together to make a dent in home fire deaths and injuries,” said Manchester Fire Marshal Peter Lennon. “Our goal is to provide superior customer service and integrated emergency response to any situation that threatens the life, safety and well-being of the people and property of the city of Manchester.”

Red Cross and city fire department volunteers will be in neighborhoods throughout Manchester on May 5 installing free smoke alarms and educating families on fire safety. Volunteers will check alarms, replace batteries and install new alarms.

To sign up for this free service, or volunteer to help install alarms on May 5, call 225-6697 or toll free at 1-800-464-6692.

Smoke alarms are available to all New Hampshire residents at any time by going to and signing up to have trained volunteers come to your home and install smoke alarms.

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