Upper Merion Township Fire & EMS Department is teaming up with the American Red Cross, Swedesburg Volunteer Fire Company, and community partners to kick off the first of three smoke alarm blitzes throughout the community in 2019. The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00AM to 1:00PM in Swedesburg, with a goal to install over 100 free smoke alarms. The smoke alarm blitz is part of the American Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” event, which aims to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the US by 25%.
Every day, seven people die in home fires, most often because of faulty or missing smoke alarms. The Red Cross is aiming to change that by canvassing neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms, and educate families about fire prevention.
Residents of Swedesburg will receive a door hanger the week before the event with more information and letting you know the volunteers will be in the area on April 27. You do not have to take any other action. If you are not available on that date but still want to participate, or if you have any questions about special needs alarms or anything else related to smoke alarms, a special hotline has been set up for questions: 484-636-3945.
If you are interested in volunteering at the event, visit SoundTheAlarm.org/EasternPA or call 484-403-4721 to register. Recipients of smoke alarms do not need to register.
Each of the three volunteer fire companies in Upper Merion will host an event. Stay tuned for more information about these events taking place around the township in coming months.
For more information, contact Bill Daywalt, Deputy Fire Marshal, at 610-205-8554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.