October 7-13, the American Red Cross is helping families and businesses learn how to protect themselves and others from fires in observance of National Fire Prevention Week.
Last year, the Red Cross responded to about 63,000 home fires across the country by providing comfort and basic necessities to more than 82,000 families.
“We respond to about one home fire every nine minutes across the country. The best thing you can do to protect your loved ones is to install a smoke alarm and develop and practice a fire escape plan,” said Tina Labellarte, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa Region.
“Fires can spread very quickly, so everyone at home, school and work should know what to do when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.”