Fire Safety Program Targeting New Yorkers Impacted by Hurricane Sandy
A photo of the storm's distruction.
The FDNY launched an unprecedented fire safety education initiative in October – the Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe program – targeting seniors impacted by the storm.
As part of the program, members of the FDNY’s Fire Safety Education Unit are installing smoke, carbon monoxide and hard-of-hearing detectors in homes rebuilt following the 2012 storm. They also will hold fire safety presentations and conduct fire safety reviews in affected Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island neighborhoods.
The program targets adults aged 70 or older, who represent 17 percent of the population, but 43 percent of the 2012 fire deaths in New York City.
One hundred six fires were attributed to Sandy, 21 occurred during the storm on Oct. 29, 2012, and 85 in the months after that were attributed to the storm’s damage, causes included electrical, generators and open flames.
The program is funded by a $590,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.