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American Red Cross New Hampshire Provides Assistance in Temple

Fire Safety

Red Cross New Hampshire Region’s Disaster Action Team, a group of specially trained volunteers who provide disaster relief and emotional comfort to those affected by disasters in their communities or surrounding towns, responded to a single family home fire in Temple today. The fire, which occurred at 243 Colburn Road, caused major damage to the home.

American Red Cross New Hampshire volunteers Caren Fremeth, David and Dotti Penny responded to the fire to provide immediate financial assistance to three adults for food and clothing. Volunteers also provided the three adults with comfort kits which contain hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, and other hygiene items.

Since Saturday, January 4th, American Red Cross’ Disaster Action Team volunteers throughout the state have responded to five fires in New Hampshire. Red Cross New Hampshire Disaster Action Team volunteers respond at any time of day or night to disasters in or near their communities to provide immediate disaster relief and emotional comfort to community members affected by emergencies or disasters such as home fires.

During extremely cold weather, the risk for a fire in someone’s home can increase. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:

  • Never use a stove or oven to heat the home.
  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
  • Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment someone wants to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
  • About the American Red Cross:

    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @NHRedCross.