Posts Tagged ‘fire’

Fire Safety Awareness Week October 4th – 10th

October 4, 2009

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With cool weather making its way in and holiday decorating increasing in the upcoming months, fire safety is vital.

Home fires are the most common disaster the American Red Cross responds to and is also the most preventable.

Sixty-five percent of home fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms.

The most effective way to protect yourself, your family and your home from fire is to identify and remove fire hazards. During a home fire, working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Click here for more tips about fire safety, download a checklist and read about frequently asked questions.


March 13th – One Year Anniversary of Mount Pleasant Fire in DC

March 12, 2009


Washington, D.C. – On March 13, 2008, the National Capital Area Chapter urgently responded with disaster relief efforts when a five-alarm fire destroyed an entire Mount Pleasant apartment complex – displacing over 200 individuals and families. During the tragic incident, the Red Cross provided care and support to the community, and today, continues to offer encouragement as residents remember the devastation they experienced one year ago.

Learn more by clicking on: Photo; News Video; News Online; Stories from Red Cross Volunteers Who Helped; 2008 Red Cross Press Release.

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