The Red Cross helps people during emergencies, but it’s also part of our mission to help you be better prepared. Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for winter weather means following our simple steps to help ensure you can weather the storm safely and comfortably. Being prepared may not prevent the storm, but it will give you confidence to meet the challenge.
Help keep your family safe by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your fire escape plan.
Working smoke alarms can cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half.
When you “turn and test,” make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home.
If smoke alarms are 10 years or older, replace them.
Practice your home fire escape plan with everyone in your household until they can get out in less than two minutes!
HEATING SAFETY DURING COLDER WEATHER
Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fires — a risk that increases once the temperatures drop. Help keep your family safe by providing at least three feet of space for all heating equipment.
Never leave space heaters unattended.
If you must use a space heater, place it on a level, hard and nonflammable surface, such as a ceramic tile floor. Don’t place it on rugs and carpets, or near bedding and drapes. And turn it off every time you leave the room or go to sleep.
Home Fire Escape Plans
Use these guides to help begin your fire escape plan: