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Red Cross Responds to Massive New Jersey Apartment Fire

New Jersey Apartment Fire

A huge apartment fire in Edgewater, New Jersey forced hundreds of residents from their homes Wednesday night and the American Red Cross is helping those affected by the large blaze.

The mayor of Edgewater declared an emergency and closed schools today. The Red Cross of North Jersey deployed volunteers to assist residents. Working in coordination with local government officials and other community partners, the Red Cross will be helping displaced families over the coming days to develop recovery plans to get back on their feet.

APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE SAFETY Fires that occur in high-rise apartment and office buildings are especially dangerous. The Red Cross has fire safety tips for people who live and work in high-rise buildings.

High-rise buildings are more likely to have sprinkler systems and fire alarms, but occupants still need to be prepared and have a fire escape plan.

Following are key steps building residents can take:

  • Learn the fire safety features of the building, including fire alarms, sprinklers and evacuation plans
  • Know the locations of all available exit stairwells on the floor in case the nearest one is blocked by smoke or fire
  • Identify a place outside and away from the building for people to meet
  • In case of fire, use the stairs instead of the elevator. If you cannot evacuate and smoke is present, stuff a wet towel or sheet in openings around doors or vents where smoke might enter. If smoke or fire enters your unit and you can’t get out, call 9-1-1 to report your location. Stay low to the floor to breathe the best air and put a wet cloth over your mouth and nose. Open a window slightly and wave a bright cloth to identify your location to rescuers.

    If you are able to evacuate, stay outside. Never go back inside a burning building. Download the Red Cross First Aid App at redcross.org/apps to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns.

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