Winter is here, bringing cold temperatures to the country. With the frigid days and nights, the American Red Cross is responding to a large number of winter home fires – more than 5,000 in one month alone.
At this time of year people have the heat turned on and many use space heaters and other sources to keep their homes warm. Home heating is the second leading cause of fires in this country, and the Red Cross has steps people should follow to avoid a fire in their home.
To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends these 5 steps (More home fire safety information available here):
IF THE POWER GOES OUT
If electrical power lines are down, don’t touch them. Keep your family and pets away. Report downed lines to your utility company.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF, LOVED ONES AND YOUR HOME
There are two things everyone can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire and protecting their home.
RED CROSS APPS People can learn how to help prevent a home fire and what to do if one occurs by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App. They can use the app’s Family Safe feature to help stay in touch with loved ones. The First Aid App provides expert advice including what to do for burns, broken bones, and breathing and cardiac emergencies. The apps can be downloaded for free in app stores or at redcross.org/apps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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