Remain in the kitchen while cooking, especially if you're frying food. Remember: "Keep an eye on what you fry!" Keep flammables (e.g., potholders, towels) at least 3 feet from the stove. Use knob covers to prevent children or pets from turning on the stove. 1. When Cooking
Never place flammables like couches or rugs near a heating unit. A good rule of thumb is "3 feet from the heat." Always turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or home. 2. Around Heating Equipment
Store matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet or container. Children playing with matches and lighters cause a large number of preventable deaths and injuries each year. 3. By Accident
1. Keep Your Smoke Alarms WorkingTest your smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries as needed. Never disable a smoke alarm by removing the battery. Instead use the “hush” button to silence false or nuisance alarms. There should be at least one working smoke alarm on every level of your home. All smoke alarms should be replaced after 10 years of use, or earlier if needed. Want to help out? Here's what you can do:
2. Create a Home Fire Escape PlanPractice your escape plan at least twice a year, and make sure that everyone in your household can get out and meet at your safe meeting place in less than 2 minutes. Consider the needs of children, older adults, and individuals with disabilities, access or functional needs who may need help in the event of a home fire. Want to help out? Here's what you can do:
3. Educate OthersIt's important to bring fire safety into the conversation at home, in our schools, in the workplace, and throughout the community. Contact your local Red Cross to request a FREE youth preparedness class called The Pillowcase Project for students in grades 3-5.
4. VolunteerFully 90% of Red Cross humanitarian efforts are made possible by our dedicated volunteers. This includes Sound the Alarm, when over 30,000 volunteers mobilize to install 100,000 smoke alarms and educate their communities about fire safety.
5. Fundraise and Donate91 cents of every dollar donated to the American Red Cross goes directly to humanitarian efforts. In 2016, that included spending more than $332.8 million on disaster response. Without donors like you, we can't continue this work.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters each year; 90% of which are caused by home fires. On average, 7 people die each day and 36 others are injured because of home fires. Sound the Alarm
What can we do to prevent this?In 2014, the American Red Cross started the Home Fire Campaign, which aims to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries in the U.S. by 25% through fire safety education and free smoke alarm installations. Through our Sound the Alarm installation and fire safety events, American Red Cross volunteers and community partners will install 100,000 free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods nationwide. Events will take place in more than 100 communities across the country providing a lifesaving service. Why is Sound the Alarm so important?
3 out of every 5 deaths occur in homes where there were no smoke alarms or the smoke alarms did not work, regardless of the cause. The presence of working smoke alarms in the home cuts the risk of fire-related deaths in half. Click on dots to see more information.
Smoke alarms properly installed, tested, and maintained play a critical role in saving lives if a home fire does occur. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by half. Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives!
Smoke alarms save lives and so does education,another critical element of the Home Fire Campaign. Education Is Also Key
Smoking-related fires are the leading cause of home fire fatalities. If you do smoke, please remember to: Properly extinguish all smoking-related materials Never smoke in bed Did you know?
The following populations are at a higher risk of dying in a home fire: Older adults over the age of 50 Young children under the age of 5 People with disabilities Low income households
Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it at least 2X per year with your entire household to make sure that everyone is prepared to escape quickly and stay safe in the event of a home fire. If there is a fire, you may have less than two minutes to get out. A Path to Safety
While only 20% of home fires occur between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am, over halfof all home fire deathsoccur at night. According to research, only1/3 of Americans have developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.
The majority of Americans don’t know that they may have less than 2 minutesto get to safety during a home fire.
Since 2014, the Home Fire Campaign has provided services to over 1 million people across all 50 states, the District of Colombia, and four US territories. So far, the Red Cross and its partners have documented over 464 lives saved as a result of these efforts. What the American Red Cross Is Doing To Help
Sound the Alarm volunteers have installed over 1,430,596 free smoke alarms in nearly 593,704 homes across America. 1,430,596free smoke alarms 593,704homes across America
Volunteers have helped create over 500,000 home fire escape plans so that families can escape safely in less than 2 minutes. Through the in-school program, The Pillowcase Project, over 1,185,551 youth have learned about fire safety and preparedness. 1,100,000educated on fire safety 500,000escape plans made
The Home Fire Campaign has one goal: reduce death and injury from home fires by 25%. We accomplish this through education, outreach, and, most importantly, through the installation of free smoke alarms in homes across the nation — but we can't do it alone. What You Can Do To Help
Are you ready to help us Sound the Alarm and save a life?
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