The American Red Cross is helping people after several large fires in Daytona Beach, Florida; Marietta, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Lynn, Massachusetts.
In Daytona, 50 people were displaced after fire damaged a long-term hotel. The Red Cross provided shelter for more than 30 residents who needed a place to stay after fire ripped through the Bayview Hotel. In Marietta, more than 40 people were affected after an apartment fire destroyed ten homes. The Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded and is helping those affected relocate.
The fire in Myrtle Beach destroyed more than 100 apartments. The Red Cross opened a shelter and served food and drinks to those affected as well as first responders. More than 75 Cross workers also distributed personal hygiene and cleaning items and provided emotional support. In Lynn, fire destroyed 28 apartments and the Red Cross provided assistance to those affected.
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to people in this country. Every day the Red Cross responds to as many as 170 home fires – that’s one fire every nine minutes. It’s important for people to do all they can to stay safe when fire strikes their residence. One step they should take is to develop a home fire escape plan and practice it at least twice every year. Everyone in the household should know at least two ways out, and be familiar with a meeting spot outside and a safe distance from the home. Other fire safety steps include:
SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms save lives and protect people from injury and loss due to fire. Everyone should make sure there is a smoke alarm on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. You should test smoke alarms every month and replace batteries each year or if the equipment emits a low-battery warning. Other steps people should take regarding smoke alarms are:
For more information on home fire safety, visit the preparedness section of this web site.