CONCORD, NH, Saturday, January 4th, 2014 —Despite the arctic temperatures outside in New Hampshire today, American Red Cross New Hampshire Region’s Disaster Action Team have been meeting the needs of the New Hampshire community by responding to fires in the towns of Mont Vernon and Derry.
Red Cross volunteers Karen Dudley and Michelle McFadden responded to a single-family home fire on 3 Twin Maples Lane earlier today in Mont Vernon. The fire, which caused major damage to the home, affected three adults and their two dogs. Red Cross provided assistance with referrals to partnering agencies for long-term recovery needs.
Volunteers John Moore, Norman Pepin, David Shaw, and Michelle McFadden responded and provided immediate assistance to residents following a multi-unit fire in Derry today. A total of five adults at 5 Mount Pleasant Street were provided with assistance for lodging. Two dogs were also safe from the fire.
To help avoid a fire in the home, there are steps someone can take now:
- Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves.
- Never smoke in bed.
- Turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.
- Follow the escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
- Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
- Download the Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.
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 redcross.org/nh or visit us on Twitter at @NHRedCross.