Fire Safety Tips From The American Red Cross
With 1.32 million house fires igniting in the United Stated each year, more than 2,500 people die and 12,600 are injured in residential blazes each year.
But unlike many other relatively common disasters, house fires - and sometimes, tragedies - can be prevented.
The American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) puts forth tips easy for most to implement to help prevent house fires and to prepare for the unexpected. When a fire starts, occupants may have as little as two minutes to escape. Research has shown the Red Cross’s tips for fire safety (www.redcross.org-fire) practiced regularly, can save lives.
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.