The American Red Cross wishes everyone a safe and happy New Year! Below are steps to take to stay safe during 2019 and beyond.
- I will install and maintain smoke alarms. Every level of a home should have a smoke alarm. There should also be smoke alarms inside and outside each sleeping area.
- I will make an emergency escape plan. It’s important to have an escape plan because in case of a fire, you have less than 2 minutes to get out of your home. Know 2 exits from every room.
- I will practice my escape plan until I can get out of my home in less than 2 minutes. Home fire drills are important. Practice crawling out, so you can stay below smoke. Decide on a meeting place away from your home.
- I will give blood if I am able, and I will encourage my family and friends to do so. Cancer patients, accident survivors, and people with blood disorders need blood and blood products, and that need is constant. You can make an appointment online, by telephone, or with the Red Cross blood donor app.
- I will use my stove only for cooking, not heating. Using a stove for home heating is a fire hazard.
- I will never leave anything cooking unattended on the stove. Home fires start most often in the kitchen. Keep curtains, towels, and clothing away from the stove. Do not let children use the stove without supervision.
- I will keep anything that could catch fire away from heat sources. Clothing, curtains, blankets, carpets…anything flammable, including liquids, should be kept away from heat sources such as stoves and space heaters.
- I will download the Red Cross emergency and first aid apps.
- I will be aware of and prepared for severe weather. Know what kinds of weather are typical of your area, and know how to keep yourself safe in case of a weather emergency.
- I will contribute my time, talent, and treasure in my community. Organizations like the Red Cross can’t function without community support. Find one whose mission you believe in and support it by volunteering and/or supporting it financially.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @Red Cross.