The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
“As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays, I encourage all of the people of New Hampshire to use the commonsense that Granite Staters are known for and to take the simple precautions that can help prevent home fires,” Governor Maggie Hassan said. “I want to thank the American Red Cross for their unyielding commitment to helping our families and friends enjoy a safe holiday season and for their work to help keep New Hampshire one of the safest states in the country.”
Christmas Day, Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving are the top three days for cooking fires, according to the National Fire Prevention Association. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster on average every eight minutes, and the vast majority of them are home fires.
“Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Maria White, CEO of American Red Cross New Hampshire.
The Red Cross has some simple steps everyone can follow to prevent home fires around the holidays:
People should also download the free American Red Cross First Aid app, which provides instant access to information on handling the most common first aid emergencies. 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 redcross.org/mobileapps. People can test their knowledge on how to prevent home fires by taking the Fire Safety Quiz, and can learn more about fire prevention by visiting redcross.org.
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.