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This post originally ran on October 4, 2013 but we felt, as we end Fire Prevention Week, that it was worth running again. You can never be too prepared when it comes to home fire safety. We hope you take some of these tips and use them in your own home. It is possible to prevent fires! Remember, keep sofas, drapery and bedding three feet away from any heat! – Kelly Baker, American Red Cross New Hampshire, Volunteer Partner/Blog Writer
Red Cross Offers Fire Safety Tips and Much More
by David Moore, American Red Cross New Hampshire Volunteer Blog Writer
According to the National Fire Protection Agency, fire departments respond to a fire every 23 seconds in the U.S. In fact, fires in private homes accounted for 79 percent of civilian fire injuries in 2012, and 84 percent of fire deaths.
The American Red Cross responded to about one fire every nine minutes last year, providing support and comfort to impacted families; which is, when you think about it, both a good news and a bad news situation – good news that the Red Cross is always there in times of need, but bad news that there is so much need.
Okay, we’ve been dealing with home fires ever since early man first carried a burning ember into the cave … so why aren’t we better at preventing it? The answer may lie in the planning, or lack of it. That’s why the American Red Cross of New Hampshire is celebrating National Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) by helping families and businesses to learn how to better protect themselves and others from fires.
The focus of this year’s campaign is the prevention of cooking-related fires. Each year, cooking is involved in more than 150,000 structure fires, claiming nearly 450 lives and causing almost $1 billion in direct property damage, according to the NFPA.
“By making kitchen fire safety the theme for 2013 Fire Prevention Week, we can raise the awareness of the leading cause of house fires and provide lifesaving safety tips to improve the safety of everyone in the home,” said Maria White, CEO of Red Cross New Hampshire.
The following list of American Red Cross fact sheets links you to some good factual and organizational information covering fire safety and prevention tips, escape planning, CO poisoning and much more:
Business should be prepared, as well, because fire is the most common of all business disasters. Companies, schools and other organizations can learn how to prepare for fires and other emergencies by becoming a member of the Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program at www.readyrating.org. Complete a free, online assessment of your current readiness level and receive customized feedback with tips to improve preparedness.