- Created: Wednesday, 26 December 2018 09:42
Heating fires peak during December, January and February.
As temperatures drop, the American Red Cross reminds people that heating is the second leading cause of home fires, deaths and injuries in the United States, and December, January and February are the peak months for heating fires.
The American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters year - one every eight minutes - and most of them are home fires. Home fires can happen quickly - devastating lives and property. But unlike other disasters, most home fires can be prevented. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out.
“The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and to increase your chances of surviving a fire: create and practice a fire escape plan, and install and maintain smoke alarms,” said Rachelle Lipker, executive director of the American Red Cross Central & Western Nebraska.
Home fire plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room of your home.
Select a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home where family members can meet after a fire. Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice a year. Make sure that you practice that plan until every member of your household can escape in less than two minutes.
Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms. Test smoke alarms once a month. Change the batteries at least once a year - if your model requires it. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and practice escaping your home in two minutes or less. Never disable a smoke alarm.
The Red Cross continues to help save lives with our nationwide Home Fire Campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. The Red Cross works with community partners and local fire departments across the country to install smoke alarms and conduct fire safety education for families in need. Visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your home from fire.
The Red Cross First Aid App provides life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in your smartphone’s app store.
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