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Red Cross and Local Volunteers Work to Improve Fire Safety at Cortlandville Mobile Home Park

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The American Red Cross along with athletes and staff from SUNY Cortland teamed up this weekend to help make residents at a local mobile home park safer.

Red Cross volunteers, along with coaches and players from the SUNY Cortland Men’s Hockey team and local Rotarians, went door to door Saturday at the Cortland Estates Mobile Home Park installing free smoke detectors and offering information to residents on how to prevent a house fire and what to do if one occurs.

A Red Cross Volunteer checks a smoke detector Saturday at the Cortland Estates Mobile Home Park

A Red Cross Volunteer checks a smoke detector Saturday at the Cortland Estates Mobile Home Park

Red Cross Regional CEO Rosie Taravella says her agency is not only committed to responding to disasters like fires after they occur. The Red Cross is also about helping people be prepared to prevent and respond to emergencies.

Taravella says because of the type of construction used in mobile homes they can quickly catch fire and the flames spread rapidly.

As part of its Home Fire Campaign, the Red Cross has been joining with fire departments and community groups nationwide to install free smoke alarms in homes that need them.

The initiative is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

The Red Cross is asking every household to take two simple steps: check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.

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