Volunteers with the Illinois Red Cross Disaster Action Team responded to 21 home fires across Chicagoland from December 13 through today. Red Cross volunteers responded to incidents in Aurora, Evanston, South Holland and more, including Chicago where 14 of these home fires occurred. Sadly, two of these incidents resulted in the loss of lives.
In the past week, volunteers with the American Red Cross assisted 87 individuals, including 74 adults and 13 children with a temporary place to stay, emergency financial assistance, food, relief items like toiletries, health and mental health services, and one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance.
In addition, the Red Cross opened a shelter to provide a safe place to stay to 20 residents who were displaced by a fire at a multi-unit apartment building in Cicero. Red Cross volunteers provided care and comfort to those affected, including meals.
If you or someone you know needs assistance after a home fire or local disaster, please call our dispatch line: 1-877-597-0747.
Every year, home fires claim more lives than natural disasters in the U.S. Therefore, it’s important to have working smoke alarms as they can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. A working smoke alarm increases the chances that you and your loved ones can get out in less than two minutes – the amount of time that fire experts say you may have to escape a burning home before is too late. Below is lifesaving home fire safety information, including the importance to have and practice an escape plan.
Help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your two-minute home fire escape drill. Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency.
Cold Weather and Heating Safety
Holiday celebrations is one of the peak days for cooking fires — which is the top cause of home fires in the U.S. Safely enjoy the holiday by keeping an eye on what you fry.
Candles and Holiday decorations
Nearly one-third (29%) of use have left the room or fallen asleep while burning candles – which causes some 20 home fires a day on average. To help keep your family safe, use battery-operated candles.
For more information about home fire safety, please visit redcross.org/fire. Download our free Emergency app (search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps). Children can also learn what to do during a home fire and other emergencies with free resources at redcross.org/YouthPrep.
About the American Red Cross of Illinois
The American Red Cross of Illinois serves 12.4 million people in 88 counties in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri including Adams, Bond, Boone, Brown, Bureau, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cook, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeKalb, De Witt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Fulton, Green, Grundy, Hamilton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Jasper, Jefferson, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Knox, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Marion, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Mercer, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Ogle, Peoria, Perry, Piatt, Pike, Putnam, Richland, Rock Island, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Stark, Stephenson, Tazewell, Vermillion, Warren, Washington, Whiteside, Will, Williamson Winnebago, Woodford. Iowa: Lee, Muscatine, Scott and Van Buren. Missouri: Clark, Lewis, Marion and Ralls. 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 us at Redcross.org/Illinois or visit us on Twitter @RedCrossIL.