For Antigo Times
JANUARY 26, 2016
The American Red Cross is helping a family of three (two adults and a son) after a fire in their Dorr Street, Antigo home. The Red Cross was called to the scene at 1:20p.m. and we are providing financial assistance for items such as emergency food, shelter and clothing. Additional services include ensuring health and emotional needs are met. All services are free and it begins with giving disaster clients someone to talk to; help in figuring out what comes next, what community resources are available and immediate funds to help jump start their recovery.
HOME FIRE SAFETY There are several things people can do to protect themselves and their loved ones from fires. They include:
Installing smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Test them every month and replace the batteries at least once a year.
Developing a fire evacuation plan with all members of the household and practicing it several times a year, at different times of the day.
Include two ways to get out of every room and consider escape ladders for sleeping areas or homes on the second floor or above.
Pick a place outside for everyone to meet and make sure everyone knows where it is.
Removing any fire hazards from the home.
NATIONWIDE CAMPAIGN Seven times a day someone in this country dies in a fire. The Red Cross has launched a nationwide campaign to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent over the next five years. As part of the campaign the Red Cross is joining fire departments and community groups nationwide to install smoke alarms in communities with high numbers of fires. The Red Cross also is asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information, visit redcross.org/homefires.
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of trained volunteers. To learn more about the American Red Cross or to make a financial gift please call, text or click. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS, text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation or click on redcross.org.