The American Red Cross Wants You to be Safe from Wildfires and Home Fires

The onset of spring brings welcome warmer temperatures. As we now begin to enjoy the warmer weather it is important to remember that warmer temperatures also mean the arrival of wildfire season.

The US Bureau of Land Management Nevada  lists the following recommendations on reducing wildfires this season:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire (using wood, charcoal or any other material), campfire, or stove fire except a portable stove using gas or pressurized liquid fuel, outside of a developed fee campground or picnic area (except by permit).
  • Smoking, except within an enclosed vehicle or at a developed campground or picnic area.
  • Welding, or operating an acetylene torch with open flames, except by permit.
  • Using or causing to be used, any explosive, except by permit.
  • Possession or use of fireworks (always prohibited), or any other incendiary device.
  • Use of tracer rounds, steel-core ammunition or exploding targets including Binary Explosive Targets while recreational shooting.
  • Open burning (e.g. weeds, brush and yard debris).

When in the path of a wildfire fire it’s crucial that you do what’s needed to keep you and your family safe. The American Red Cross offers a free “Red Cross Emergency App” that allows you to have access to real time information on shelter locations, weather alerts, preparedness information and critical safety tips.

The Emergency App contains expert advice detailing what you should do during a wildfire, flood, tornado, or other disaster. You will also find emergency first aid and life saving information for a variety of situations including heart attacks and heat-related emergencies, as well as important water safety tips.

The Red Cross Emergency App is free and can be downloaded for smartphones and tablets, and has the added benefit of pre-loaded content – that means that you can access this information at any time – with or without mobile connectivity. You can download the Emergency App from your app store, or find it by searching for American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps.

The Red Cross also offers “Be Red Cross Ready – Wildfire Safety Checklist” -another great resource on how to get prepared prior to fire season, what to do when fires are reported in your area, and how to stay safe when returning to your home after a wildfire. Check out the link to access this important information.

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Wildfires are not the only fire risk during warmer seasons. Home fires can occur year round and the Red Cross wants to ensure your home and family are safe. It is important to check your home for potential fire hazards and to remove items that pose a risk. The Red Cross offers the following safety tips to help you be prepared and prevent home fires:

  • Keep items that can catch on fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Talk to your children regularly about the dangers of fire, matches and lighters and keep them out of reach.
  • Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room or go to sleep.

When a home fire does occur you can save the life of your loved ones by ensuring that you have working smoke alarms and a well defined, well practiced escape plan in place.

“60% of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms” ~ The American Red Cross

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.  You can get a smoke alarm for FREE when you call your local Red Cross Smoke Alarm Hotline at 702-697-1707.

For more information please visit http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fireor call (702) 791-3311 for more great tips. 

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