Home fires are the nation's biggest disaster threat.
In fact, every eight minutes, the American Red Cross responds to a disaster. Most of these events are home fires—which, sadly, take an average of seven lives each day.
When the unthinkable happens, the Red Cross is there to make sure no one has to suffer this tragedy alone. The Red Cross provides financial assistance for families impacted by local disasters like home fires. This assistance can help a family fulfill critical needs immediately after a disaster, such as food, lodging, clothing.
You can take two easy steps to increase your family's chances of safely escaping a dangerous home fire:
1. Check your smoke alarms monthly. Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. Place smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside sleeping areas.
2. Practice your home fire escape plan at least twice a year. Fire experts agree that people may have as little as two minutes to escape a burning home before it's too late. We urge everyone to create a home fire escape plan and practice it until everyone can escape in less than two minutes.
That's all it takes. Are you in?
Protect yourself and your family by pledging to be fire-safe. Please sign the petition today.