American Red Cross encourages cold weather safety and smoke alarm testing
WASHINGTON, DC, January 12, 2016—This month, as the winter season kicks into full gear across the country, the American Red Cross is stressing weather safety, especially in areas that have been ravaged by El Niño-affected storm patterns, colder temperatures or extended power outages.
“Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths, and the risk of home fires increases in colder weather,” said Russ Paulsen, executive director, Community Preparedness Programs, the American Red Cross. “With the onset of winter across the country, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant when it comes to personal safety and staying warm this winter.”
Here are six ways you can stay safe during this winter season:
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