LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12, 2019 — The 2019 holiday season is here, and the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region wants everyone to stay safe as they decorate their homes. Decorations like trees, lights and candles increase the risk of home fires during the holidays — with Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day being the top three days for home candle fires in the U.S.
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“We want everyone to enjoy the holiday season with fire safety in mind,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO of the Red Cross Los Angeles Region. “You can help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms monthly and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone can escape in two minutes or less. Remember to get a kit, make a plan and be informed.”
HOME FIRES ARE THE MOST FREQUENT DISASTER IN THE U.S. Every eight minutes, the Red Cross responds to a disaster in the U.S. — most often, home fires. Just in the past five months, Red Cross volunteers responded to 137 home fires in Los Angeles County.
In addition, the Red Cross is working with partners to prevent fire-related deaths and injuries by installing free smoke alarms in high-risk communities and helping families create escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign — which has saved at least 658 lives across the country since launching in October 2014. Since then, volunteers and local partners have installed more than 33,800 free smoke alarms in Los Angeles making thousands of homes safer from the threat of home fires.
Free preparedness classes are available online and by request across Southern California as part of PrepareSoCal, an American Red Cross campaign designed to address the needs of individuals and families to prepare for disasters by providing tips, tools, and training, nd to promote community resiliency with a focus on Southern California’s most vulnerable communities. More information on this campaign and available resources can be found at preparesocal.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/la or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.