Volunteers Mark MLK Day by Bringing Fire Safety to Perth Amboy

DSC01633To mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, the American Red Cross teamed up with the Perth Amboy Fire Department and Puerto Rican Association for Human Development (PRAHD) to promote fire safety.

More than 50 representatives from the Red Cross, the Perth Amboy Fire Department and PRAHD went door-to-door visiting approximately 375 Perth Amboy homes offering fire safety information and free smoke alarm installation in homes that needed them.

DSC01620Many of our Red Cross youth volunteers, including those from the Edison Red Cross Club, Franklin Red Cross Club, Westfield Red Cross Youth Council, Somerville Red Cross Youth Council and Somerset Vocational Technical High School Red Cross Club, happily spent their day off from school talking to families about how they can be better prepared should a fire break out in their home. Volunteers spoke with more than 140 families about fire safety and having a fire escape plan.


The fire safety canvassing event was the second in a series being held in Perth Amboy as part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Launched in October, the national campaign aims to reduce home fire-related injuries and fatalities by 25 percent over the next five years.

Simple Steps to Save Lives

Join the campaign by taking three simple steps to help keep your family safe in the event of a fire in your home.

  1. Test the smoke alarms in your home and replace the batteries as needed. If your home doesn’t have smoke alarms, install them.
  2. Review your fire escape plan with your family. Make sure that everyone in the family knows how to get out of every room and how to get out of the home in less than two minutes. Don’t have a plan? Click here.
  3. Practice your fire escape plan. Time your family and keep practicing until everyone can exit the home in under two minutes.

For additional fire safety information, including free tools and resources visit redcross.org/firesafety.

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