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Red Cross touts home fire safety
by TOM BUSSELBERG
Feb 07, 2014 | 661 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

NORTH SALT LAKE - Home fire prevention was accented by Monday’s home fire in North Salt Lake.

It illustrates the importance of home fire prevention, a press release from the American Red Cross said.

At about 12:30 a.m. early Monday morning a local Red Cross Disaster Response Team was dispatched to a mobile home fire near 200 E. 1100 North. It resulted in the need to provide food, clothing and shelter for those displaced by the early morning fire.

The biggest disaster threat to American families isn’t floods, hurricanes or tornadoes; it’s fire. Across the nation, the Red Cross responds to a disaster every eight minutes and nearly all of those are house fires, the release said.

“Home fires are a common and deadly threat because they happen so quickly,” said Logan Sisam, Utah Regional Director of Emergency Services.

“We urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home,” he said.

The U.S. Fire Administration said there are nearly 365,000 residential fires reported in the nation yearly. These fires cause more than $6 billion in property loss. The frequency of fire deaths has steadily decreased over the past 10 years due to increased awareness and safety measures. However, more than 2,400 Americans still die every year in home fires, the release said.

Homeowners should check for items that can be hazardous such as candles and space heaters - common items that can turn dangerous very quickly.

Steps people should take to help avoid a home fire include: keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet from anything that gets hot, such as sources of heat or stoves; never smoke in bed; turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to sleep.

Smoke alarms can save lives and should be installed on every level of the home and outside each sleeping area, the Red Cross advised.

Other safety steps include: follow the escape plan in case of fire, get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1. 

----Information from: Utah Red Cross 

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