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Discover Your Fire Risk: Have You Ever…?

  • Home Fires
  • Home Fires
  • Home Fires
  • Home Fires
Know your risks and prevent a home fire.

You may know to keep kids away from matches, and that smoking in bed isn’t a good idea.

But how many times have you gone to the grocery store while your dryer was running? Fallen asleep while watching Gilmore Girls re-runs and left a candle burning?

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign has plenty of tips to prevent and prepare for home fires. As part of your prevention efforts, take a moment to understand and alleviate some home fire risk factors.

HAVE YOU EVER…?

  • Plugged too many cords in an electrical outlet?
  • Left home for any period of time with an electrical appliance running?
  • Fallen asleep with an electrical appliance running?
  • Fallen asleep with a candle burning?
  • Used candles for light during a power outage?
  • Left matches or a lighter within arm’s reach of a child?
  • Smoked cigarettes in bed?
  • Left food cooking unattended on the stove?
  • Used kerosene or other space heaters to heat your home?
  • Used a gas stove to heat your home?
  • Left home with a live Christmas tree’s lights turned on?
  • Deep fried a turkey within 10 feet of a dwelling?
  • Let’s be honest – we’re all guilty of some of these once in a while.

    Luckily, the Red Cross has great tips to help keep you safe and prevent fires. If the unthinkable happens and a fire starts in your home, there are also plenty of tools to help you get prepared.

    Most importantly, families can take two simple steps that can save lives: checking or installing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.

    Learn more about the Home Fire Campaign and find additional resources on redcross.org.

    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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