Heading into Passover week, the New York City Fire Department distributed smoke detectors to Williamsburg residents at the request of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO). The Fire Department was joined by Red Cross representatives offering to install the smoke detectors.
In the wake of the devastating Brooklyn fire two weeks ago, that claimed the lives of seven members of the Sassoon family, the UJO reached out to the Fire Department to arrange the smoke detector drive before the Passover holiday, when cooking picks up. It identified two heavily trafficked locations – on Lee Avenue corner Rodney Street and Lee Avenue Corner Wallabout Street – for the distributions. With the help of the Red Cross, every family that needed fire alarms had them installed properly and free of charge.
“I call upon every family to make sure that they have enough working smoke detectors,” said UJO Executive Director Rabbi David Niederman. “Before the holiday, they should review their kitchen, warming and cooking appliances for Passover and year-round, to assure that they are safe and used in accordance with all safety regulations. If you aren’t sure, err on the side of caution.”