This year, make a resolution to help protect your loved ones —
Here at the Red Cross, we want to make sure you are prepared for emergencies — especially home fires — by committing to stick to these simple resolutions during 2016.
Resolution #1: Electrical Appliances
Resolve to check electrical appliances before leaving home
Resolution #2: Candles
Resolve to blow out candles before going to bed
Resolution #3: Outlets
Resolve to not overload electrical outlets
Resolution #4: Cooking Safety
Resolve to keep an eye on food cooking on the stove
Resolution #5: Space Heaters
Resolve to keep space heaters three feet from other objects
Additionally, we encourage you to take the time to practice your 2-minute drill; can your family safely escape your home in under two minutes?
And make sure you have smoke alarms installed in every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test the batteries every month, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
With the help of thousands of local partners, our Home Fire Campaign has installed 215,000 smoke alarms for free in homes across America. Fire safety programs have educated 395,000 youth. To date, the campaign has been credited with saving at least 39 lives.
Following a few simple guidelines can go a long way towards preventing home fire deaths and injuries. Here’s to a safe and happy New Year!
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visitredcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.