NEW HAVEN, CONN., February 20, 2015 – The American Red Cross is helping eight people – six adults and two children in four families – after a fire yesterday on Mead Street in New Haven. The Red Cross is providing help with emergency housing, food, clothing needs and baby items, along with stuffed animal toys for the displaced children.
Red Cross volunteers Missy Lundeen and Andrew Curtis responded to assist the families.
The Red Cross is also providing comfort kits containing personal care items such as toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and other items a resident might not have been able to gather in the rush to escape the fire. Also provided was an envelope of information helpful to families recovering from a fire, including tips on cleanup; notification of important contacts; dealing with damaged items and more.
PREVENT HOME FIRES:
The American Red Cross has launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.
Install smoke alarms: Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
Practice fire drills at home: Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.
Learn more about the Red Cross home fire prevention campaign.