Posts Tagged ‘safety’

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.


Summer Heat Waves

July 6, 2009

Summer is well on its way and heat waves can be expected.

Excessive heat has caused more deaths than other weather-related deaths – including floods.

A heat wave is a prolonged period of excessive heat, often combined with excessive humidity. Generally temperatures are 10 degrees or more above the average high temperature for the region during summer months, lasting for a long period of time and ocurring with high humidity as well.

Know the Difference

Excessive Heat Watch – Conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event to meet or exceed local Excessive Heat Warning criteria in the next 24 to 72 hours.

Excessive Heat Warning – Heat index values are forecast to meet or exceed locally defined warning criteria for at least two days (daytime highs = 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit).

Heat Advisory– Heat index values are forecast to meet locally defined advisory criteria for one to two days (daytime highs = 100 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit).


Three Essential Things to Learn

How Can I Prepare?

What Should I Do During a Heat Wave?

Recognize and Care for Heat Related Emergencies


Click here to download a Be Red Cross Ready Heat Wave Safety Checklist.

Educating and preparing yourselves about heat waves will empower you and your family to have a more enjoyable, safer summer experience.