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.
As temperatures have decreased, the number of home fires in our area has increased. Your American Red Cross of the Mid-South volunteers assisted 99 families just in January who lost their home to fire.
We are urging everyone to use caution when using space heaters and other heating sources, and to make a plan in case of a home fire. Heating sources are the second leading cause of home fire deaths, and fatal home fires increase during the winter months.
The good news is that there are steps you can take when using heating equipment to reduce your risk of a home fire. Please check-in with friends, family and neighbors to ensure that they are heating safely as well.
Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a fire hazard, and fatal fires peak in the early morning hours when most people are sleeping. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends the following tips:
You can visit redcross.org/homefires to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. To find out how you can help and to participate in a smoke detector install event contact your American Red Cross of the Mid-South at 901-726-1690.