LOS ANGELES, September 30, 2021 — This Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9), the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region urges you to test your smoke alarms before the threat of home fires increases with cold weather.
The Red Cross responds to 27% more home fires in November-March than in warmer months. According to the National Fire Protection Association — which is sponsoring Fire Prevention Week with the theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” — home fires are most common in cooler months when people spend more time inside, and cooking and heating equipment are the leading causes of these crises.
“Every day, people’s lives are devastated by home fires — a threat that’s increasing as winter approaches,” said Thomas Hill, Regional Disaster Officer for the Red Cross Los Angeles. “Help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your two-minute fire escape drill.”
Since the beginning of 2021, Red Cross volunteers have responded to 265 home fires in Los Angeles, providing more than 1,600 residents support and guidance through their disaster recovery journey. Home fires account for 90% of all disaster responses.
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY During Fire Prevention Week, test your smoke alarms and practice your two-minute home fire escape drill — the amount of time that experts say you may have to get out before it’s too late. Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.
If you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or are physically unable to install one, the Red Cross may be able to help. Contact Red Cross LA for help. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, smoke alarm installations are limited to where they’re safe to do so.
HOW YOU CAN TAKE ACTION:
Families in our community and across the country turn to the Red Cross every day to help #EndHomeFires. Hospital patients still need lifesaving blood; neighbors still need food, shelter and care after disasters; and military families still need support. Your help is needed to fulfill the urgent needs of our mission today at redcross.org/la.
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/la or CruzRojaAmericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.