Red Cross offers tips to keep safe for Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Awareness Month, and the American Red Cross offers tips to keep safe, according to a release.

The biggest disaster threat in the United States is home fires, but most can be prevented.

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The Red Cross recommends two easy steps to help protect your home and to increase your chances of surviving a fire, read the release.

Create and practice a fire escape plan:

  • Home fire plans should include at least two ways to escape from every room of your home
  • Select a meeting spot at a safe distance from your home where family members can meet after a fire
  • Discuss the plan with everyone in the household and practice it at least twice per year

Install and maintain smoke alarms:

  • Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside bedrooms
  • Test smoke alarms once per month
  • Change batteries at least once per year
  • Never disable a smoke alarm

To have free smoke alarms installed, contact the Red Cross.

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