Be Prepared for Home Fires


You and your family can prevent and prepare for a home fire with two simple steps:

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Step 1

Practice fire drills at home.

Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

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Step 2

Test your smoke alarms monthly.

Make sure you and your family are alerted as soon as a fire is detected. If the smoke alarm isn't working, change the batteries.

The Red Cross Responds to a Home Fire or Other Disaster Every 8 Minutes

That is why we launched the Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce the number of fire-related deaths and injuries by 25 percent by 2020. To date in Connecticut we have:

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Visited 76 cities and towns in our region

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Conducted 725 in-home visits

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Created 719 evacuation plans

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Installed more than 2,300 smoke alarms

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As part of the Red Cross Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, we have been going out to communities across our region to install free smoke alarms and provide emergency preparedness education to residents. Our region had the opportunity to witness the importance of this campaign first hand during our tremendously successful 9/11 Day of Service in Hartford and Willimantic. Around 200 Red Crossers came out to help install more than 655 smoke alarms in the community during that weekend in September. It was an inspiring day for all of us to help provide education and resources to those who need it the most.

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