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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.


  • 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

    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 or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.