Earlier this year, Jenifer DiVirgilio of Keller Williams Realty and dozens of volunteers helped the American Red Cross and the Linden Fire Department with a Home Fire Safety Campaign.  Teams visited 720 homes in parts of Linden neighborhoods where lifesaving fire safety information was provided and firemen installed 112 smoke alarms.

“In Real Estate, it’s mandatory to have smoke alarms installed when a home is sold or rented, but some of the residents have been there for 60-plus years and it wasn’t mandatory when the home was purchased. Several didn’t have any smoke alarms at all”, said DiVirgilio.

The Red Cross and volunteers went door to door canvassing these wards informing residents of the free smoke detector install being offered. If the resident needed smoke detectors the Linden Fire Department, with off duty members from Linden’s FMBA locals 34 & 234, would follow the Red Cross volunteers doing an evaluation of the home and installing what smoke detectors were necessary to make the home safe. The free detectors were donated through a Red Cross Home Fire Safety Campaign.

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The Fire death rate in homes with working smoke alarms is 51 percent less than the rate for a home without this protection. An estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives and protect against injury and loss due to fire. The free detectors being installed are sealed units with a 10 year battery, insuring that the detector is operational for years to come.

“Our group happened to canvass my mother’s old neighborhood, which was nice to see some folks I remembered as a child. Now I can sleep better with the peace of mind that these residents and so many more are safer in their homes,” DiVirgilio said.

Smoke detectors and fire alarms may be some of the most important items in your home when it comes to your family’s safety. These early warning devices may help alert your family to fire and dangerous smoke while there is still time to evacuate, but they need to be periodically tested to help ensure proper function. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries.

For more information about the American Red Cross and the fire campaign, please visit: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/local/nj/Home-Fire-Campaign-Installs-10000-Free-Smoke-Alarms-in-NJ

For Real Estate assistance in Union County, Middlesex County and Somerset County on buying, selling, investing, renting or becoming a Realtor©, contact Jeni DiVirgilio on (908) 477-4907, email Jeni@WelcomeHome123.com or visit www.WelcomeHome123.com.