Red Cross Volunteers Make Oxford, Chester County Homes Safer on Presidents Day

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OXFORD, PA — American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign volunteers joined community partners on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 19, to make homes and families safer in Oxford, Chester County.

More than 50 people met at Penns Grove Middle School before breaking out into teams to install free smoke alarms and provide fire safety education for area families. In total, the teams installed 135 smoke alarms and educated 166 residents, making 58 Oxford homes safer.

Red Cross volunteers were joined by representatives from Chester County Emergency Services, Oxford Union Fire Department, United Way of Chester County and Oxford SILO. These organizations were instrumental in helping families recover following the large Sept. 13th fire on South Third Street in Oxford that destroyed a city block and displaced close to 100 people.

Since October 2014, the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, working with community partners, has saved at least 2,022 lives, including 25 here in Southeastern Pennsylvania, by educating families about fire safety, helping them create escape plans and installing free smoke alarms in high-risk areas across the country. To learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit redcross.org/homefires.

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