This month, as the winter season kicks into full gear across the county, the American Red Cross is stressing winter safety. Heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths, and the risk of home fires increases in colder weather. With the onset of winter, it’s more important than ever to be vigilant when it comes to personal safety and staying warm this winter.
Here are six ways you can stay safe during this winter season:
- Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Need a smoke alarm? Call 1-844-207-4509 to request your free home safety visit and smoke alarm installation from our Ohio Buckeye Region volunteers and community partners.
- Test the batteries in your smoke alarms once a month, and change them if they’re not working.
- Create an escape plan that includes two exits from each room and practice it until everyone in your household can get out in less than two minutes.
- Follow the “three feet” rule and keep children, pets and flammable items at least three feet from heating equipment. Turn off portable space heaters when you leave the room and when you go to sleep.
- Use gas wisely and never use a cooking range or oven to heat your home. Four percent of Americans admit to having used a gas stove to heat their home.
- Use flashlights, not candles because battery-operated flashlights or lanterns are safer than candles during power outages.
PROJECT PREPARE The Ohio Buckeye Region launched Project Prepare in 2015 as a two-year initiative that seeks to prepare a half million Ohio residents by making emergency plans, building kits and getting trained ahead of disasters. With support from individuals, organizations, businesses and government agencies, our goal is to create more resilient communities that are better equipped to help each other prevent, prepare for and respond to life-threatening emergencies.
For more information on how to prepare for emergencies, you can visit redcross.org/oh/projectprepareoh.