As temperatures decrease, fires increase: Red Cross fire prevention tips

January 23rd, 2018

In winter, fires are already more likely to occur, but a recent cold snap resulted in an increase in responses, largely due to the use of space heaters and wood stoves. Throw candles, dry trees, and kitchen fires into the mix and you get an explosive cocktail.
Throughout the year, including in the middle of the night at 30 below, Red Cross volunteers respond to an average of one emergency call every three hours, many of which are for house fires. They ensure that the people who were affected have their lodging, food and clothing needs met for the first 72 hours after the disaster and provide welcome comfort during these difficult times.

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Posted on January 23rd, 2018