The Red Cross Wants You To Be Safe From Home Fires This Holiday Season

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It’s the holiday season and once again we celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately the holidays also mean a surge in home fires. The Red Cross wants you to be safe from home fires this holiday season.

The U.S. Fire Administration and the National Fire Protection Association state that nearly 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays. These fires claim more than 500 lives, cause more than 2,200 injuries and cost over $500 million in property damage. The most common causes of home fires are from Christmas trees, candles and children playing.

What You Can Do To Be Safe

Here are some important things you can do to reduce your risk of home fires this season:

  • Place Christmas trees, candles, and other holiday decorations at least three feet away from heat sources like fireplaces, portable heaters, radiators, heat vents and candles.
  • When choosing a Christmas tree purchase one that is flame retardant metallic or artificial.
  • If you do choose a real tree ensure that it’s fresh and that green needles aren’t easily broken. And remember – keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water.
  • Before stringing your holiday lights check them over to ensure that there are no frayed electrical cords, that they are in good working condition, and that they are used according to the manufacturers instructions.
  • Make sure to unplug your tree and holiday lights when you leave the house and when you go to bed.
  • Never leave burning candles unattended and make sure to extinguish them when going to bed.
  • Designate one person to walk around your home to make sure that all candles and smoking materials are properly extinguished after guests leave.
  • Holidays mean lots of cooking and baking. However the kitchen is also one of the most common places for a home fire to start. When using potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper, kitchen towels, and other flammable items, be sure to keep them well clear of the stovetop.


Smoke Detectors Save Lives!

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This is a great time of year to check your smoke detectors to ensure they are installed and working properly. Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor and outside every bedroom and sleeping area in your home. To test if your detector is functioning effectively, press the test button for a few seconds. If you hear the beep you know it’s working. Make sure to re-test your detector once per month and replace the batteries every six months.

How You Can Help!

The Red Cross is partnering with local organizations, agencies, clubs, schools and businesses to perform door-to-door outreach days in neighborhoods throughout Northern Nevada. Your volunteer assistance is greatly needed, and greatly appreciated. Please visit to sign up today!

And please be sure to visit for more information on how to keep your home fire safe during the holidays.

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The Red Cross Asks You to “Give Something That Means Something” These Holidays!

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The holiday season is once again upon us. This is not only a great time to spend with family and freinds but is also the perfect time to give support to those in need. You can help to “Give Something That Means Something” this year by taking part in the Red Cross Holiday Gift Giving Campaign.

There are many ways you can help this holiday season. You can give directly to much-needed Red Cross programs by making a financial donation and by giving blood. You can also shop the Red Cross Holiday Gift Giving Catalog. There you will find ways to donate in the name of important people in your life. You can pick specific programs to support such as giving an emergency shelter stay or you can choose to support important vaccination programs. If you don’t want to pick a specific program to support you can choose to give “help when it’s needed” allowing your gift to go towards urgent needs, when they happen.

The Red Cross also proudly partners with companies which designate a portion of their sales to charitable organizations. For example offers its “Amazon Smiles” program. When you purchase items through the “Amazon Smiles” program you can designate the Red Cross as your organization of choice. For each item purchased 0.5% of that items price will go towards supporting the Red Cross.


Making a donation to the Red Cross is easy by visiting Donate Here. With one click you can donate a pre-chosen amount or you can choose the specific amount you would like to give. You will also have the opportunity to designate who you would like to donate in honor of.

The Red Cross thanks you for remembering those in need this season!

For more information please call (702) 791-3311, or visit us at for more.



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Turkey Day Safety Tips from the Red Cross

Thanksgiving is a time to surround yourself with family and friends while feasting on our favorite foods, and of course, what would Thanksgiving be without a turkey? Since this holiday is all about cooking and preparing our favorite heart-warming foods, let’s make sure our loved ones enjoy this holiday safely by following these safety tips for preparing the main meal of the occasion: they turkey.

From Red Cross, we hope you all have a safe and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Oven Safety

We all know that preparing turkey can be a tedious process. So while waiting for the turkey to cook, sometimes the oven is left unattended so people can interact with family members and friends, but this can lead to a dangerous disaster. According to US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are three times as many house fires on Thanksgiving than any day of the year. Don’t leave any type of food unattended on the stove or in the oven; always make sure that there is someone present in the kitchen.

Safe Preparation

Bacteria present on raw poultry can contaminate your hands, utensils, and work surfaces as you prepare the turkey. If these areas are not cleaned thoroughly before working with other foods, bacteria from the raw poultry can then be transferred to other foods. After working with raw poultry, always wash your hands, utensils, and work surfaces before they touch other foods.

Safe Cooking

Set the oven temperature no lower than 325°F and be sure the turkey is completely thawed. Place turkey breast-side up on a flat wire rack in a shallow roasting pan 2 to 2-1/2 inches deep. Check the internal temperature at the center of the stuffing and meaty portion of the breast, thigh, and wing joint using a food thermometer. Cooking times will vary. The food thermometer must reach a safe minimum internal temperature of 165°F. Let the turkey stand 20 minutes before removing all stuffing from the cavity and carving the meat. For more information on safe internal temperatures, visit’s Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures.

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The Red Cross Supports Members Of Our Armed Services

Veterans Day is on November 11th and it is a time for us all to remember our veterans and those serving in our armed forces. The Red Cross joins the country in supporting these brave men and women through the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Program.

Since Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881 it has been committed to supporting those serving in all branches of the United States Military. Through the Red Cross Armed Services Program current enlisted men and women, their families, and veterans can access a variety of services including:

Deployment Services

Upon deployment, whether it is the first or one of many, the Red Cross offers information and workshops to help prepare for the practical and emotional challenges ahead. From putting together a communication plan to emergency preparedness, these workshops can help bring peace of mind for those being deployed and their families.

Emergency Communications Services

The Red Cross connects families by providing online communication supports to get the message to service members when emergencies strike.

Information and Referral Services

From emergency food, shelter and clothing services, to counseling services and caregiver supports, the Red Cross can connect service members and their families with community partners to assist with urgent needs.

Financial Assistance

The Red Cross works with military aid associations to get emergency financial support to service members and their families, when that support is needed most.

Reconnection Workshops

Positively reconnecting back into civilian life is important after deployment. In partnership with Wal-Mart service members can gain support reintegrating through courses, workshops and small groups.

Boots to Business

Those serving in our armed forces gain many leadership and technical skills while deployed. The Boots to Business program helps service members translate their skills towards employment at MGM Resorts International.

For more call (702) 791-3311 or visit and please join the American Red Cross in honoring the men and women serving in our armed forces.

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The Red Cross Wants You To Be Prepared For A Home Fire

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Home fires are common here in Southern Nevada and across the US. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) home fires result in 2,470 civilian fire deaths, 12,890 civilian fire injuries and $6.9 billion in direct damage, each year. A fire can occur in the home at any time and for a variety of reasons. That’s why early detection is critical to getting your family out safe. Functioning smoke detectors are the best way you can be alerted to a fire and get out fast.

Working Smoke Detectors Save Lives

Many households don’t have smoke detectors installed at all. And of the homes that do have smoke detectors, many aren’t functioning properly. The U.S Fire Administration and the NFPA state:

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
  • More than one-third (37 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

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How You Can Prepare For a Home Fire

On November 1st we set our clocks back for daylight savings time. A large percentage of home fires occur in the fall and winter months making this is a perfect time to ensure your smoke detectors are installed and are working properly.

Smoke detectors should be installed on every floor and outside every bedroom and sleeping area in the family home. To test if your detector is functioning effectively, press the test button for a few seconds. If you hear the beep you know it’s working. Make sure to re-test your detector once per month and replace the batteries every six months. Smoke detectors themselves should be replaced every ten years.

Having a Plan Before a Fire Starts

Smoke detectors function as a crucial first alert. However it’s equally important to have a specific plan for getting out and getting safe before you have a fire. Make sure your plan has at least two ways to escape from every room of your home and select a central location – a safe distance from your house – where your family members can meet up after a fire. Having a well-defined plan and practicing it twice per year can ensure you’re well prepared when a fire starts.

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The American Red Cross, along with its partners, have launched the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign initiative, with a goal for reducing deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. As part of this campaign the Red Cross is asking that every home in America commit to both installing and checking smoke detectors, and to practicing fire drills at home.

Be sure to go to American Red Cross – Prevent Home Fires for more safety tips. In Southern Nevada you can also call our local office at (702) 791-3311, and visit our website at



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Red Cross Encourages Blood Donations to Ensure Sufficient Supply Throughout the Holidays

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help ensure a sufficient blood supply throughout the holiday season.

A seasonal decline in donations often occurs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day when donors get busy with family gatherings and travel. However, patients don’t get a holiday vacation from needing lifesaving transfusions. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

Lorie Alwes remembers her father being called often to give blood – even on holidays. He had type O negative blood, the universal blood type. “One time it was in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner and off he went without hesitation,” she recalls. “He explained to us kids that his blood was used in emergency situations and could possibly save another life.”

Years later, Alwes learned that she also has type O negative blood. She has since donated whenever needed and has encouraged her 17-year-old son to carry on the lifesaving family tradition that was so important to his grandfather.

Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, B negative, A negative and AB. All those who come to donate Nov. 25-29 will get a Red Cross mixing spoon and celebrity chef recipe set, while supplies last.

To make an appointment to donate blood, people can download the Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Change a Life Brand Campaign Refresh Blood Drive

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:


11/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., In Corp, 2360 Corporate Circle, Suite 400

11/10/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Building C, 700 College Drive

11/10/2015: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bluepoint Solutions, 2560 Anthem Village Drive, Suite 200

11/14/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Albertson, 575 W. College Drive

11/15/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Home Depot, 1030 Sunset Rd

11/17/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Everest College, 170 N. Stephanie

11/17/2015: 5 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., Everest College, 170 N. Stephanie

11/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Art Institute of Las Vegas, 2350 Corporate Circle

11/24/2015: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Ethel M, One Sunset Way

11/25/2015: 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., James I Gibson Library, 100 W. Lake Mead Pkwy.

11/29/2015: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Smith’s Food and Drug – Valle Verde, 55 S. Valle Verde Drive

Las Vegas

11/1/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – West Charleston Campus, 6375 W Charleston Blvd.

11/3/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wells Fargo Bank, 6325 S Rainbow

11/3/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Whole Foods – Ft Apache, 8855 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/5/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chamberlain College of Nursing – Covington Cross, 9901 Covington Cross Drive

11/7/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Mountain Vista Ward, 1775 N. Christy Ln

11/7/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Sahara West Apartments, 2301 Redwood Street

11/10/2015: 9 a.m. – 2:15 p.m., Department of Adult Education, 2701 E. St. Louis Ave.

11/12/2015: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., College of Southern Nevada-Charleston, 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/13/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Copper Creek, 9490 Bermuda Road

11/14/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Summerlin Community Chruch, 2100 Snow Trail

11/16/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Asian Community Resource Center, 2770 South Maryland Parkway, Suite 211

11/16/2015: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Centennial Hills Library, 6711 N Buffalo Dr.

11/21/2015: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Las Vegas Nevada Lone Mountain Stake, 8801 W. Alexander

11/22/2015: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 131 N 9th St

11/24/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Las Ventanas Retirement Community, 10401 W. Charleston Blvd.

11/25/2015: 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Rd.

11/27/2015: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Summerlin Hospital, 657 Town Center Drive

11/28/2015: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m., West Las Vegas Library, 951 West Lake Mead Blvd.

12/1/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., SpringHill Suites Las Vegas Convention Center, 2989 Paradise Road

12/3/2015: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Le Cordon Bleu, 1451 Center Crossing Road

12/3/2015: 12 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle

12/4/2015: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., MountainView Hospital, 3100 North Tenaya Way


11/18/2015: 11 a.m. – 3:45 p.m., Primex Plastics, 752 Turtleback Road

North Las Vegas

11/4/2015: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., College of Southern Nevada – Cheyenne, 3200 E Cheyenne

11/6/2015: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Smith’s, 5564 Camino Al Norte

11/20/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., North Vista Hospital, 1409 E Lake Mead Blvd

11/21/2015: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Calvary Southern Baptist Church, 1600 E Cartier Ave


12/1/2015: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Great Basin College, 551 E Calvada Blvd.

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.


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Red Cross Celebrates An Everyday Hero – Real Talk Youth Impact Program


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On Wednesday, October 28th 2015, the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross will celebrate local heroes at the “Everyday Heroes Awards” at Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

Each year awards are given in several categories including: Adult and Youth Good Samaritan, Law Enforcement, Community Service and International Service. This year the winner of the “Community Impact” award goes to Real Talk Youth Impact Program, an organization committed to mentoring at-risk youth.

“Changing the lives of youth, one person at a time, through education, mentoring, and passion for a positive future” ~ Real Talk Youth Impact Program

Real Talk was founded by Sheree Corniel, a former probation officer for juveniles and adults. Her experience of over 20 years in the criminal justice system led her to want to do something about the high rate of recidivism among youth offenders. Sheree believes in the importance of supporting at-risk youth, before they offend, in order to keep them from entering the penal system altogether.

Real Talk Youth Impact provides resources and funding (as available) to assist adolescents  in Southern Nevada in accessing extracurricular activities. The program also works with present and former offenders who volunteer their time to speak to at-risk youth.  Telling stories of their own experiences with the penal system, these volunteers are committed to changing the trajectory of young people at risk and to setting them on a positive and empowering path.

Utilizing Real Talk’s principles of “L.E.A.R.N”, which stands for “Lead, Educate, Aspire, Respect, New Beginnings”,  volunteers give monthly talks entitled “Change One”.  At Change One meetings youth, and their parents, take part in discussions on topics such as education, gangs, law enforcement, employment and society. These meetings provide opportunities for participants, and volunteers, to learn, exchange ideas, and to set new goals.

Real Talk’s mission to “assist today’s at-risk youth in achieving their highest potential as responsible citizens and future leaders” is what makes them one of our communities everyday heroes. Please join with the Southern Nevada Chapter of the American Red Cross in thanking this great organization for its service.

If you would like more information on the great work Real Talk Youth Program is doing in our community, please contact them via phone at 702-625-2417, by email at, or visit their website at

For more information on the Everyday Heroes Awards, or to purchase individual tickets – please contact (702) 369-3674 or email

The full list of Heroes and past lists can be found here:

UPDATE 10-22-15:  Sheree Corniel of Real Talk and Jennifer Ramieh of the Red Cross appear on Fox 5:


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