Albuquerque, NM — The American Red Cross in New Mexico has responded to multiple home fires and weather related emergencies in the last 24 hours. Eight families have been provided with emergency shelter, food, winter clothing and other replacement items since yesterday. The home fires occurred in Albuquerque, Clovis, Hagerman and Gallup. The weather incidents that occurred in Grants and Hobbs also warranted Red Cross response and assistance.
Winter is the busiest time of year for home fires and the American Red Cross wants people in New Mexico to know what they can do to help prevent home fires and what to do if a fire occurs.
“More home fires occur in winter than any other season and having working smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and a fire escape plan can help save lives in the winter months and all year long.” said Rahim Balsara, CEO American Red Cross in New Mexico. “The Red Cross has a series of tips on preventing home fires and responding quickly if a fire occurs.”
Install Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
Create a Fire Escape Plan
Other Fire Safety Tips:
“In the event of a home fire, get out, stay out and call 9-1-1,” Balsara added. “Teach household members to stop, drop and roll if their clothes should catch fire.”
People can find additional information on how to protect their loved ones and their property at redcross.org/homefires. The American Red Cross in New Mexico responds to home fires and other emergencies virtually every day in New Mexico.
Help Your Neighbors
The Red Cross is there to help those in need when fires break out. The American Red Cross in New Mexico responds to home fires virtually everyday throughout the state. The Red Cross depends on the generous support of New Mexico residents to be ready to respond and help our neighbors who are affected by home fires. People can help neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation today. To make a financial donation, go to redcrossnewmexico.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
The Red Cross depends on the generosity of the American people to fulfill our mission. To help the Red Cross continue to save lives, contributions may be made to the American Red Cross Local Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-560-2302. Contributions to the Local Disaster Relief Fund may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Mexico by mail: American Red Cross in New Mexico, 7445 Pan American West Fwy. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or made online at www.redcrossnewmexico.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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 www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
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