Helping Families Prevent Home Fires

Volunteers teach safety in Summit during Fire Prevention Week

The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. The American Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of these are home fires. Ross Family Summit Fire Prevention Event 004

On Saturday, October 12th, the Red Cross joined the Summit Fire Department, Summit Police Department and other First Responders to help educate the community about fire prevention and the steps they need to take to help keep their families safe.

The Red Cross North Jersey Region responded to 478 home fires last year, helping 1,250 families with disaster relief including temporary lodging and financial assistance for food and clothing. This disaster relief is possible thanks to the donation of time from our volunteers and the generosity of our donors.

Inside ERV - Summit Fire Prevention Event 012 Fire is everyone’s fight and the Red Cross urges people to know what steps they can take to help prevent fires.

SMOKE ALARMS SAVE LIVES Install smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area. Put a smoke alarm inside every bedroom. Because smoke rises, put the alarms on the ceiling or high on the wall. Test the smoke alarms regularly. Install new batteries every year. Get new smoke alarms every ten years.

Paul and C with familySummit Fire Prevention Event 019MAKE A PLAN The Red Cross recommends that households develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with everyone who lives in the home. People should know two ways to escape from every room and designate a safe place to meet outside the home in case of a fire.

Other safety steps include:

  • Follow the escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Download the free Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies including burns. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.

 Summit Fire Deept Tent 10-12 Event 033Download our Fire Safety Checklist and create your family escape plan today!

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