The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. As a proud member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet, and as someone who has personally been affected by a home fire, I’d like to encourage everyone to check out these Red Cross Fire Prevention Safety Tips in recognition of October as National Fire Prevention month.
Would you know what to do if a fire occurs? A few simple steps can help protect your home and loved ones.
The easiest thing you can do is to check your fire alarms and ensure they are working properly. Sixty-five percent of fire deaths occur in homes due to non-working smoke alarms. Remember these three key tips when preparing your home and family:
- If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL for help.
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas and test them every month; replace the batteries at least once a year.
- Talk with all household members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
Review the Red Cross Fire Prevention & Safety Checklist as a quick and easy reminder for all the ways your family needs to be prepared. Many more Fire Prevention & Safety tips are available at www.redcross.org/homefires.
As winter approaches, please remember these tips and take the steps necessary for protecting your home, health and hearts.
Peace, Light & Love,