Red Cross Works To Reduce Home Fires By 25 Percent

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Make sure you have an exit strategy for getting your family to safety in the event of a deadly house fire.

When an everyday emergency or large scale disaster happens, the first people on the scene are firefighters, medical personal and the Red Cross.

From home fires to storms and other emergencies, approximately every 8 minutes the Red Cross is there to help. With the support of dedicated volunteers and generous donors, the Red Cross offers relief for families who are often left with nothing.

In February 2015 the Red Cross served nearly 30,000 meals and snacks, delivered over 18,500 relief items for families and sheltered over 2,300 people after home fires and other disasters.

This month, the Red Cross is urging Americans to educate themselves on the dangers of home fires.

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In America, home fires are the biggest disaster threat.

In the last 5 months, the Red Cross has installed more than 34,000 smoke alarms and helped develop 15,000 fire escape plans.

Fire experts agree that you might only have 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late.

This March, the Red Cross is encouraging Americans to sit down with their families and formulate a fire escape plan. Disasters like a home fire almost always happen without warning, and the key to making it out safely is being prepared.

In addition to providing comfort and relief in the wake of disaster or emergency, the Red Cross is also working to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires in this country by as much as 25 percent over the next five years.

To learn more about fire safety and home fires in American visit www.redcross.org.

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