This Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9), the American Red Cross in Greater NY urges you to test your smoke alarms before the threat of home fires increases with cold weather.
The Red Cross responds to 27% more home fires in November-March than in warmer months. According to the National Fire Protection Association — which is sponsoring Fire Prevention Week with the theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” — home fires are most common in cooler months when people spend more time inside, and cooking and heating equipment are the leading causes of these crises.
“Every day, people’s lives are devastated by home fires — a threat that’s increasing as winter approaches,” said Mary Barneby, Regional CEO, American Red Cross in Greater NY. “Help keep your family safe now by testing your smoke alarms and practicing your two-minute fire escape drill.”
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FAMILY During Fire Prevention Week, test your smoke alarms and practice your two-minute home fire escape drill — the amount of time that experts say you may have to get out before it’s too late. Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and talk about fire safety and what to do in an emergency. Visit redcross.org/fire for more information.
RED CROSS HOME FIRE CAMPAIGN If you cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or are physically unable to install one, the Red Cross can help. Visit www.soundthealarm.org/nyc or call 877 RED CROSS (option 5) to learn more about the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. Since October 2014, the Red Cross has been educating families about fire safety, helping them create escape plans and installing free smoke alarms in high-risk areas. Locally in greater NY, Red Cross volunteers and partners have installed more than 168,000 alarms and helped make more than 61,000 households safer.
RESPONDING TO HOME FIRES Every day across greater NY, the American Red Cross responds to 5 to 25 disasters, providing emergency lodging, food, water, blankets, financial assistance, emotional support, health assistance and more. The Red Cross relies on volunteers to carry out this work and the organization needs more New Yorkers to support this important work. Visit www.redcross.org/volunteertoday to learn more.
RED CROSS SUPPORTERS The American Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfill its critical mission. Proceeds raised will enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people affected by disasters like hurricanes, home fires, and countless other crises.
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