As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s time to prepare the holiday feast and brush up on home fire safety and prevention with your household. Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the U.S., and the American Red Cross of Tennessee encourages everyone to never leave cooking food unattended — which is the most common cause of kitchen fires.
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The Red Cross also advises people to test their smoke alarms and practice their home fire escape plan until everyone in their household can get out in two minutes or less. Visit redcross.org/homefires for more information and free resources, or download the free Red Cross Emergency App (search “American Red Cross” in app stores).
HOME FIRES ARE BIGGEST DISASTER THREAT Home fires are the nation’s most frequent disaster, representing most of the more than 62,000 disasters that the Red Cross responds to each year in the U.S. During 2019, in the Tennessee Region, more than 6,480 people have been assisted by the Red Cross following a home fire. There were 193,500 hours worked by 2,921 Red Cross volunteers, helping to provide those in need with their urgent needs like lodging, food and emotional support.
Through the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, we’ve also saved at least 642 lives nationwide by working with partners to install free smoke alarms in at-risk areas and educate families about home fire safety. More than 8,370 free smoke alarms were installed across the state to make homes safer in the past year.
About the American Red
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.