Press Release

PSEG Long Island Employee Volunteers Help American Red Cross Install Smoke Alarms in “Sound the Alarm” Campaign

(Uniondale, N.Y. — Feb. 14, 2019) — A group of PSEG Long Island employees volunteered with the American Red Cross’s “Sound the Alarm” campaign, assisting the Red Cross in its quest to make all homes fire safe. Employees unpacked and prepared smoke alarms for installation, offered fire safety tips to homeowners and provided them with energy efficient LED lightbulbs to replace some existing bulbs in an effort to help them save money and electricity.

“PSEG Long Island is committed to safety and giving back to the communities it serves,” says John O’Connell, PSEG Long Island vice president, transmission and distribution operations and American Red Cross board member. “At least once a month, our employee volunteers canvass communities with the American Red Cross to educate customers about emergency preparedness and energy efficiency while they support Red Cross staff representatives as they install life-saving smoke detectors.”

“We are grateful to our teams of volunteers, like those from PSEG Long Island, with whom the American Red Cross has installed free smoke detectors across Long Island and all over the country. National volunteer efforts have resulted in the installation of more than 1.6 million smoke alarms since 2014,” said Neela Lockel, CEO, American Red Cross on Long Island. “These efforts have saved 511 lives and educated more than 1.7 million people to protect themselves and their families against home fires.”

According to the American Red Cross, every day across the country, seven people die in home fires. Often the victims are children and the elderly, most in homes that lack working smoke alarms.

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PSEG Long Island is committed to giving back to the people and communities it serves by actively supporting hundreds of local charity events each year through the company’s Community Partnership Program. Last year, PSEG Long Island employees logged 26,000 service hours volunteering at 1,145 fundraising and community events to support more than 400 organizations. For more information on how PSEG Long Island supports the communities it serves, visit


PSEG Long Island’s Brittany Venturo of Smithtown assembles smoke alarms in a New Hyde Park home—doing her part to keep local families safe by participating in the American Red Cross “Sound the Alarm” campaign. 


PSEG Long Island operates the Long Island Power Authority’s transmission and distribution system under a long-term contract.  PSEG Long Island is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a publicly traded diversified energy company.