Red Cross offering home fire safety resources
According to the American Red Cross, home fires claim seven lives every day.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Most people don’t realize that they have just two minutes to escape during a fire at home. That’s why the American Red Cross will Sound the Alarm this spring by preparing families to act quickly in the case of a fire.
Through targeted outreach, the Red Cross is working with community partners to connect, mostly virtually, with families to provide education about fire safety.
The Red Cross encourages families to Pledge to Prepare by visiting SoundTheAlarm.org and taking the pledge. That website also includes additional valuable home fire safety information.
When it comes to home fire safety, the Red Cross recommends families take two simple steps to be safe:
- Create an escape plan
- Regularly test smoke alarms
Escape plans should include two ways from each room of the home to outside. Plans should also include a meeting point that is a safe distance from the home.
Smoke alarms should be located on each level of your home. They can be tested by pressing the test button. If you hear three beeps, the alarm is working. If not, it is time to charge the batteries. If your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, it is time to get a new alarm because the sensors become less sensitive over time.
Households that do not have smoke alarms currently installed can request free smoke alarms by visiting www.redcross.org/smokealarmNE. Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, installations are limited to where and when they are safe to do.
The Red Cross offers numerous home fire prevention and safety tips and resources.