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Red Cross Official: Fire Biggest Threat to Families
JAMESTOWN - The biggest disaster threat to families across our nation every day isn’t floods or hurricanes; it’s fire. Last year, the region responded to more than 120 fires in the eastern region. Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a home fire every 9 minutes.

History has taught us that the incidence of home fires generally increase during the fall and winter months, and most commonly occur on Saturdays and Sundays in the early evening.

During Fire Prevention Month, the American Red Cross is urging ‘YOUR COMMUNITY HERE’ residents to take some simple steps to help minimize the risk for this type of devastating disaster:

Install smoke alarms on every level of their home, inside bedrooms and outside of sleeping areas; check them monthly by pressing the test button.

Create a fire escape plan identifying two escape routes from every room of your home and designate a meeting place a short distance from the home where family members can meet should they be separated during a fire.

Practice your escape plan at least twice a year, paying particular attention to children or older adults who may require extra time and care.

For more information on how to minimize the risk of home fires, I encourage people to visit www.redcross.org/homefires.

Lyle Lere
Board Chair
American Red Cross Buffalo Valley Chapter