Home Fire Campaign installed more than 41,000 free smoke alarms in New Jersey homes over five years
It’s National Fire Prevention Week and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region is asking everyone to practice their home fire escape plan and test their smoke alarms.
“The colder weather brings with it an increased risk of home fires, most caused by cooking and heating equipment,” said Rosie Taravella, CEO of Red Cross New Jersey Region. “Now is the time to take all necessary steps to ensure you and your family remain safe.”
PRACTICE YOUR PLAN AND TEST YOUR ALARMS
For free home fire safety resources, visit redcross.org/homefires or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
- Include at least two ways to get out of each room in your home fire escape plan.
- Select a meeting spot at 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 escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes or less.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, placing them inside and outside bedrooms, and sleeping areas.
- Test smoke alarms monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year, if your model requires it.
LIFESAVING HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN MARKS FIVE YEARS
Home fires take seven lives each day in the U.S., most often in homes without working smoke alarms. That’s why the Red Cross is working with partners to install free smoke alarms in high fire-risk communities and help families create fire escape plans through its Home Fire Campaign. The campaign is credited with saving at least 638 lives across the country, including 18 lives in New Jersey, since its launch in October 2014.
Over the past five years in New Jersey, the Red Cross and local partners have:
- Installed more than 41,000 free smoke alarms.
- Reached more than 21,500 children through youth preparedness programs.
- Made more than 19,000 households safer from the threat of home fires.