How to Be Safe from Fires
North American Precis Syndicate
A Red Cross volunteer installs a free smoke alarm through the Home Fire Campaign. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Two in five people say they’re more likely to win the
lottery than lose their home in a fire, according to a 2019 national American
Red Cross survey.
Yet the odds of dying from exposure to fire or smoke (nearly 1 in 1,500)
are greater than winning the lottery (typically 1 in millions).
Because seven people die from home fires each day in the U.S., the Red
Cross is working with community partners to prevent deaths and injuries
through its Home Fire Campaign.
Everyday Actions Cause Fires
In the survey, 96 percent of U.S. adults said they’ve engaged in
everyday activities that can cause home fires. This includes over 70 percent
of people who have left the kitchen while cooking, which is the leading cause
of home fires.
How to Be Safe
The Red Cross asks people to never leave the kitchen while cooking and to:
• Test your smoke alarms monthly.
• Practice your home fire escape plan twice a year.
More information and free safety resources are at redcross.org/homefires.
You can also help people through the Home Fire Campaign, which has
installed over 1.6 million free smoke alarms and helped save over 550 lives
nationwide since launching in 2014.
• Install free smoke alarms and educate families about fire safety.
Volunteers are also needed to help people recover from home fires. Contact
your local Red Cross chapter for opportunities.
• Donate to support the Red Cross mission. Your donation can help
provide free services for those in need.
for more information.
“Help #EndHomeFires and save lives by installing smoke alarms and
educating families about fire safety with your local @RedCross through the
Home Fire Campaign. http://bit.ly/2Pchmcd”
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