The holidays have arrived, which means lots of time spent on food, family and fun. Fire safety might be the last thing on your mind, so the American Red Cross has you covered with top safety tips to avoid a home fire.
FIRE SAFETY IN THE KITCHEN Are you one of the nearly one in five Americans (16 percent) who admitted to leaving food cooking unattended on the stove in a recent Red Cross survey? Whether you’re whipping up sweet potatoes or homemade hot cocoa, keep these tips in mind when you’re in the kitchen:
Do you know what to do if a cooking fire occurs?
FIRE SAFETY AROUND THE HOUSE While you may want to roast chestnuts, we recommend using a glass or metal fire screen to keep fire and embers in the fireplace, instead of an open fire. Have wood and coal stoves, fireplaces and chimneys inspected annually by a professional, and cleaned if necessary.
As you’re lighting candles around the house, make sure to keep matches, lighters and other ignitable substances in a secured location out of the reach of children.
NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years.
The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
You can help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.