Red Cross volunteers responded to over 150 home fires in San Diego and Imperial Counties this year
San Diego – November 1, 2019 — As people turn their clocks back this weekend for the end of daylight saving time, the American Red Cross serving San Diego and Imperial Counties asks everyone to also test their smoke alarms.
“On average, the local Red Cross responds to one home fire every 24 hours. They are our community’s most frequent disaster,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “You can stay safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your home fire escape plan with everyone in your household.”
Turn and test your smoke alarms for home fire safety. The threat of home fires — which are most often caused by cooking and heating equipment — increases with the holidays and cold weather. As daylight saving time ends, please follow the steps below to prepare your household. For more information, visit redcross.org/homefires or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home. Place them inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms and replace batteries if needed. Test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year if your model requires it. This is also a great time to check carbon monoxide alarms.
- Practice your home fire escape plan. Include at least two ways to get out of every room. Select a meeting spot a safe distance away from your home, such as your neighbor’s home or landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can meet. Practice your plan until everyone can escape in two minutes or less.
The Home Fire Campaign saves lives. For five years, the Red Cross has been working with partners to install free smoke alarms in high-risk communities and help families create escape plans through its national Home Fire Campaign — which so far has saved at least 642 lives across the country. In San Diego and Imperial Counties, the American Red Cross and local partners have:
- Installed more than 27,380 free smoke alarms.
- Reached more than 10,800 children through youth preparedness programs.
- Made more than 9,850 households safer from the threat of home fires.
For more information about the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, please visit redcross.org/sandiego.
About the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties
The American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties is the most trusted community service organization in education, preparation and response to natural disasters and human emergencies. With the public’s ongoing support we provide lifesaving preparedness training; disaster relief services; services to deployed military personnel and their families; and nutritional counseling through our Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. Through Prepare San Diego, a regional resiliency initiative, the Red Cross brings together key community and business leaders from the region to create a sustainable network that encourages preparedness, carries out response and recovery plans, and strives for resiliency in the face of disaster, meeting all aspects of the disaster lifecycle. 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/sandiego or connect with us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
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