Wildfires in Arizona

Photo courtesy of NY Daily News Over the weekend, a wildfire occurred north of Phoenix, Arizona, burning thousands of acres and taking the lives of 19 firefighters. The Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross has opened two shelters for evacuees and is providing food, water, and mental health support. A shelter is still open…… Continue reading Wildfires in Arizona

A Busy Weekend for Red Cross Volunteers

At 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, volunteers were woken up and called to the scene of a fire in Southeast Columbus. This was repeated 9 times, ending early Monday morning. The Red Cross responded to 10 fires this past weekend and helped 51 people across Central and Southeastern Ohio. When disasters such as those occur, the Red…… Continue reading A Busy Weekend for Red Cross Volunteers

As Weather Turns Colder, Don't Allow Alternate Heating Methods Lead to Home Fires

Almost 50 people spent Sunday night in American Red Cross shelters in West Virginia, Illinois and California after fire hit their multi-family dwellings. Home fires are the biggest disaster threat to people in this country – worse than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. Every day, the Red Cross responds to as many as 170 home fires…… Continue reading As Weather Turns Colder, Don't Allow Alternate Heating Methods Lead to Home Fires

Enjoy a Safe Thanksgiving!

The kitchen is the place where family and friends love to gather, but it is also the setting of more fires than any other room in the house. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires in this country and during the holidays, the American Red Cross wants everyone to be aware of steps…… Continue reading Enjoy a Safe Thanksgiving!

A Woman and Her Dog

Home fires can happen anywhere, at anytime and leave even the most prepared person feeling victimized. Many fire victims experience shock and worry among a number of other emotions in a fire’s aftermath, and it’s important for them to know that someone cares about them and their well-being. Last October, a Columbus woman found out just how valuable…… Continue reading A Woman and Her Dog

Tips for Extension Cord Safety

In the last several months alone, our volunteers have responded to many home fires believed to be caused by the misuse of extension cords. Here are some safety tips recommended by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Implementing these tips will reduce your risk for preventable, extension cord fires.  Avoid connecting multiple sets of extension cords together for extra length.  Do…… Continue reading Tips for Extension Cord Safety

Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight

Even the famous face disaster, just ask country star Trace Adkins. He and his family lost their home this June to a fire that began in the garage. Luckily, his three daughters knew exactly what to do to get out safe.   Rhonda Adkins, the singer’s wife and mother of the three girls said: “”They ran…… Continue reading Fire Safety Steals the Spotlight