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Could Your Family Escape a Home Fire?

Firemen

This October, the American Red Cross launched a new national campaign to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The campaign seeks to increase the use of smoke alarms in neighborhoods with higher numbers of home fires and to encourage all Americans to practice their fire escape plans.

The Red Cross fire prevention campaign comes at a time when a new national survey shows many Americans have a false sense of security about surviving a fire.

When asked about their confidence levels in escaping a burning home, nearly seven in 10 parents (69 percent) believe their children would know what to do or how to escape with little help. However, the poll showed few actions had been taken that would support the level of confidence of parents about their children’s ability to escape a fire as noted in the slideshow above.

Learn more about the home fire campaign.

About the American Red Cross:

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 or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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