Red Cross to Offer Free Smoke Alarms in Mechanicville

Red Cross to Offer Free Smoke Alarms in Mechanicville

Community partners uniting for citywide event on October 24


ALBANY, NY (October 21, 2015) – The Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps and the Mechanicville Fire Department are teaming up with the American Red Cross in an effort to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries across the city of Mechanicville. On Saturday, October 24, teams of volunteers from all three partner organizations will join forces to deliver free smoke alarms and fire safety education to local residents through the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

 “In its first year, the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign has saved 26 lives across the country,” said David Kunzelman, regional disaster officer for the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region. “We have seen very clearly that helping people prepare for fires can have lifesaving results. We’re excited to be able to reach even more families with this program through our partnership with the Mechanicville Fire Department and Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps.”

Joseph Santiago, Clifton Park Halfmoon Emergency Corps Executive Director added, “This is such an incredible opportunity to help educate and prepare a community for disaster prevention. We are thrilled to partner with the American Red Cross for this important effort.”

If Mechanicville residents are interested in arranging an appointment for a free smoke alarm install, they can call the Red Cross at (518) 694-5121.

Community members are also encouraged to join the Red Cross as volunteers for the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign. Volunteers can sign up to help install smoke alarms and teach families about fire safety at a single campaign event, like the one in Mechanicville on October 24, or on an ongoing basis in their local community. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Disaster Preparedness Specialist Anne Parsons at (518) 694-5154 or email for additional information.


To learn more about the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, including how to request an in-home visit and free smoke alarm installation for your household, please visit