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Home Fire Preparedness

It is critical that residents be aware of the risks and take preventative measures to keep families and homes safe.

As continued drought and the threat of wildfires remain in the spotlight, the American Red Cross Capital Region reminds communities to remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent home fires.

“Home fires are the most common local disaster in our region, and our fire responses have been on the rise throughout the year,” said Kathleen Weis, Chief Executive Officer for the Red Cross Capital Region. “It is critical that residents be aware of the risks and take preventative measures to keep families and homes safe.”

The Red Cross offers some simple steps that residents can take to prevent home fires, and to be prepared should one occur.

Prevention & Preparation

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test your smoke alarms & replace batteries at least once a year.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from the stove, oven or any appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Stay in the kitchen/near the grill when frying, grilling or broiling food.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Keep children, pets and home decorations away from lit candles.
  • Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Purchase a fire extinguisher to keep in the kitchen. Contact the local fire department to receive training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Make and practice your home evacuation plan - be sure ALL family members know the evacuation plan.
  • Teach all family members to STOP, DROP and ROLL, if their clothes catch on fire.
  • Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, and affect people from all backgrounds and geographic locations.

    Download free American Red Cross mobile apps, which provide instant access to information on how to prepare for and respond to emergency situations. The apps can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for Android by searching for American Red Cross or by going to

    Learn more about fire prevention by visiting

    About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Capital Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @RedCrossCRC throughout Red Cross Month.