EAST ORANGE, NJ - “It has been uplifting to watch our community pull together in the wake of such tragedy,” said Mayor Lester E. Taylor III. “The outpouring of support and desire to help has been tremendous.”

In the wake of these recent tragedies, Mayor Taylor said that the city is partnering with the American Red Cross North Jersey Region to launch a Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.  Starting on Saturday, January 10, 2014, a group of volunteers will be going door-to-door in some of the city’s oldest and most vulnerable neighborhoods and offering free smoke alarm installation in homes that need them. Canvassing will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The volunteers, consisting of members of the East Orange Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management, the Red Cross and other community-based organizations, will also be distributing fire safety information and talking to families about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.

“As the weather turns colder, we generally see an increase in home fires in our community,” said East Orange Fire Chief Charles Salley. “This campaign will allow us to target areas and provide families with the information and tools needed to help prevent fires. Ultimately, we need to do whatever we can to keep our community safe.”