Forecasts for plunging temperatures and freezing precipitation that could cause power outages, adds to the American Red Cross in Arkansas safety concerns for increase in residential fires this holiday season.
“We’ve already seen an increase in home fires with the start of the Thanksgiving holidays,” stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Disaster Director Roger Elliot. “We still remember the additional homes fires during the Christmas power outage last December.”
In an effort to reduce the number of residential fires, the Red Cross is urging Arkansans to take fire safety seriously.
The Red Cross shares the following information minimize the risk for fires in homes and apartments:
“I hope everyone has a working fire alarm and a fire evacuation plan at home,’ stated Disaster Director Roger Elliot. “A fire alarm is always your first line of fire safety defense. Remember to include your pets in your safety plans.”
In the event of power outages the following tips are recommended:
For more generator safety tips and for preparing for power outages check your American Red Cross Tornado App under PREPARE: Right Before & During. To download the app visit your app store or dial on your smartphone **REDCROSS to receive a link to the app.
About the American Red Cross in Arkansas:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/arkansas, redcross.org or follow us on Twitter@ArkRedCross.