With cooler weather on the horizon this weekend, families will begin turning on their furnaces, sitting next to the their fireplaces and bringing out their space heaters for the first time in several months, but one organization wants people keep fire safety in mind.
The American Red Cross is reminding everyone that next is National Fire Prevention week and they're urging families and businesses learn how to protect themselves from fires. The week runs from Oct. 7 through the 13.
According to their release, the Red Cross responded to about 63,000 home fires across the country, providing comfort and basic necessities to more than 82,000 families.
The Red Cross stated that that's one home fire every nine minutes across the country.
Here in the state, the Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross responded to more than 733 home fires across the 31-county region.
The organization said that the best thing people can do to protect themselves is to install smoke alarms and have a fire escape plan in place. Other recommendations include:
- Practice home heating safety by having furnaces and fireplaces inspected by licensed professionals
- Practice fire escape plans twice a year and have a designated meeting place outside of the house in case of a fire
- Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies.
For more safety information, visit their website at www.redcross.org/homefires.