Check smoke alarms, create a fire escape plan

The American Red Cross urges residents to check their smoke alarms.

“Seven people lose their lives every day in home fires in the United States,” the Red Cross said.

“Home fires kill more people in a typical year than all natural disasters combined, but working smoke detectors can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half,” said Tim O’Toole, officer disaster area. “Test your smoke alarms to help prevent tragedy in your home. The sooner an alarm warns you of a fire, the sooner you can get out.

In October, local Red Cross volunteers responded to help more than 340 people in northern Ohio affected by nearly 100 home fires, O’Toole said. This accounts for most of the more than 60,000 disasters the Red Cross responds to each year across the country.

Homeowners should test their smoke alarms and replace the batteries, if necessary. For more information, including tips for creating an escape plan, visit redcross.org/fire. The free Red Cross emergency app is available by entering “American Red Cross” in the app stores.

A few warning tips:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Replace smoke alarms that are 10 years old or older. Components such as sensors may become less sensitive over time. Follow your alarm manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Practice a home fire escape plan in two minutes. Make sure everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes, the time you might have to escape a burning house before it’s too late.
  • Include at least two ways out of each room and select a meeting place a safe distance from your house, like your neighbor’s house or a landmark like a specific tree in your front yard, where everyone can hang out. to encounter.

People who cannot afford smoke alarms and those who are physically unable to install one can contact the Red Cross at soundthealarm.org/noh. Home security visits and installation are free.

“Since October 2014, the Red Cross Home Firefighting Campaign with community partners has saved at least 1,414 lives by educating families about fire safety, helping them create evacuation plans and by installing more than 2.4 million free smoke alarms in high-risk neighborhoods across the country. “, said the Red Cross.

On the Web: redcross.org/homefires

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