By Bill Parry
Corona and East Elmhurst have experienced nearly a dozen fires since January caused by hazardous electrical conditions, improper use of smoke alarms and poor emergency planning, leading City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) to host a Fire Safety Town Hall on Wednesday, May 18. The event begins at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 150, located at 51-11 108th St. in Corona, and it will include the FDNY for fire safety education.
“Prevention and preparedness are the best way to keep our families and homes safe from fire,” Ferreras-Copeland said. “Our community has had a rough year with several fires and fatalities. This FDNY workshop will educate and arm residents with the tools they need.”
Attendees will receive a free smoke alarm and carbon monoxide alarm and learn how to safeguard their homes from fire hazards. The FDNY will help residents develop an emergency action plan in case of fire.
“Having a working smoke alarm in the house during a fire can be the difference between life and death,” said state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) who is co-sponsoring the town hall. “It is also vital that we, at home, prevent unsafe and hazardous fire conditions, such as overcharging power outlets or having unattended burning candles. I encourage everyone to participate in this town hall meeting to learn how to safeguard your residence from risks.”
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