By Tameka, #stlredcross Maven
As a child, I was fascinated with fire. When my mom lit a candle or my dad would start up our fireplace, I’d move in close enough to feel the heat. I would wave my hands around the flame closer and closer until one of my parents quickly pulled me away, and reiterated the consequences of getting too close.
It looked like “fun” back then, but older and wiser, I know that fire is no laughing matter. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, more than 2,400 Americans die in the nearly 365,000 home fires reported in the U.S. every year. Statistics tell us that fires cause $6 billion in property loss annually. Although home fires can strike quickly and without warning, most can be prevented.
Next week is Home Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12), and the Red Cross is here to provide the information you need to reduce your risk of home fires. Here are some fire prevention resources you can check out and share:
–Make a fire escape plan for your household – here’s a template to get you started.
—Learn about how to prepare for, respond to, and recover after a home fire.
–Need a checklist to ready your home? We got one for you.
–Here’s a checklist for your pets, too!
—Help your kids understand how dangerous fire is, how they can prepare for a fire, and how you can kid-proof your home.
—Take a class to learn life-saving skills and be ready for any emergency.
–Don’t have time to take a class? Then download our Red Cross First Aid App — it’s free, easy-to-use, and chock full of preparedness information.
—Follow our Twitter page all next week for quick tips for preventing home fires!