American Red Cross of Mid-South

The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Cold Weather Means Increased Fire Hazards

15796145524_19c58847c7_zWith the bitter cold weather that has moved into the Mid-South comes added home-fire hazards. Here are some tips to help you stay safe as you stay warm and snug in your home.

  • Never use a cook stove or oven to heat your home.
  • If using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away — things like paper, clothing, bedding, curtains, or rugs.
  • Turn off stove and heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
  • If using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
  • Prepare ahead of time for possible power outage by obtaining battery powered lighting and extra batteries. Do not use candles.
  • Install smoke detectors or make sure those that are installed are working properly. They save lives in the event of a fire.

Home fires are the number one disaster in Mid-South area. Last year the American Red Cross of the Mid-South aided 835 families whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged by fire. More fire safety tips from the American Red Cross.

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