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Fire Safety Resolutions for 2016

Want to make a resolution that can help protect your loved ones? Here at the Red Cross, we want to make sure you are prepared for emergencies — especially home fires — in 2016.

Here are two simple steps you can take. The first is to practice your 2-minute drill; can your family safely escape your home in under two minutes? The second is to 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.

Additionally, following a few simple guidelines can go a long way towards preventing home fire deaths and injuries.

Resolution #1: Electrical Appliances


Resolution #2: Candles


Resolution #3: Outlets


Resolution #4: Cooking Safety132401-Twitter-Fire-Safety-Resolutions-FINAL-stove

Resolution #5: Space Heaters


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. Here’s to a safe and happy New Year!

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  1. I think you have some great tips. I should definitely be more proactive when it comes to fire safety. I mean, my kids have fire drills at school, maybe it is time for them to have them at home. I also second watching your food while cooking. The closest I have come to starting a fire is when I left the room while cooking.