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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: OCTOBER 21, 2013



Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe Program includes in-home safety reviews and alarm installations, as well as group safety presentations to vulnerable New Yorkers in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy

No working smoke alarm was present in 74% of civilian fire fatalities in 2012

On October 1, 2013, the FDNY launched a new, unprecedented fire safety education initiative aimed at New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. The Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe program is funded by a $590,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

“For the first time, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education unit are installing smoke, carbon monoxide and hard-of-hearing alarms in seniors’ homes, helping to keep safe from fire so many who have rebuilt their homes from the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy,” said Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano.  “Through our extensive Fire Safety Education efforts, and this important program, we hope to further reduce the number of fire related deaths throughout the city and continue the Department’s unwavering support to the communities ravaged by the storm.”

Through the Hurricane Sandy Fire Safe Program, members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education Unit will be holding fire safety presentations, and visiting homes – to conduct fire safety reviews and install smoke and hard-of-hearing alarms, along with carbon monoxide detectors – in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.  This program specifically targets adults aged 70 or older, who while representing only 17% of the population, comprised 43% of fire deaths in New York City in 2012. 

A total of 106 fires were attributed to Hurricane Sandy. Twenty-one of those were serious fires that occurred during the storm, destroying homes and properties in Breezy Point and the Rockaways in Queens and on City Island in the Bronx on October 29th, 2012. Another 85 structural fires that occurred in the following months – varying in cause from electrical to generators and open flame related – were directly attributed to damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Elisheva Zakheim, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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