2011 Fire Response for December

Greater Ozarks Region

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield MO 65803

417-832-9500 Ext. 1107

Contact: Nigel Holderby

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

Disasters Happen, Being Prepared Makes a Difference.

American Red Cross Greater Ozarks Chapter 12/23/2011-

Home fires are the most common disaster that the Red Cross responds to
and also the most preventable. In just the last 23 days of December, The
Greater Ozarks Chapter serving 29 counties, has responded to 41 fire
disaster, assisting 119 people of which 45 have been children under the
age of 18. Families need to take a few simple precautions to avoid
tragedies, such as having working smoke alarms on every level of their
homes and having family fire escape plans in place to help get everyone
out of the house safely. The American Red Cross recommends the following
when creating your family escape plan:

* Identify two ways to escape from every room in the home.

* Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.

* Select a safe location away from the home where your family
can meet after escaping.

* Consider purchasing and storing escape ladders for rooms above
ground level and make sure to learn how to use them.

* If you see smoke or fire in your first escape route, use your
second way out.

* If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke.

* Before escaping through a closed door, feel the door before
opening it. If it is warm, use your second escape route.

* If smoke, heat or flames block both of your exit routes, stay
in the room with the door closed. Place a rolled towel underneath the
door. Signal for help by waving a brightly colored cloth or shining a
flashlight at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the
fire department and let them know your exact location inside the home.

* Once you've escaped, stay out.

Keeping warm during winter is important, please be sure that you are
safe when using space heaters and fire places. Remember that over this
holiday weekend our Volunteers will be on call 24/7. Disaster takes no
Holiday, and neither does the Red Cross. Be Safe and Happy Holidays!

For additional information regarding the Red Cross response to house
fires please contact Nigel Holderby: holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to
victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood;
teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and
supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a
charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on
volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its
mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org
<http://www.redcross.org/> or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org
<http://blog.redcross.org/> .

K. Nigel Holderby

Chief Communications Officer

American Red Cross

Greater Ozarks Regional Chapter

1545 N. West Bypass

Springfield, MO. 65803

(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)

(866) 206-0256 (toll free)

(417) 207-6349 (c)

(417) 866-3649 (f)

holderbyn@redcross-ozarks.org

<http://www.redcross.org/gifts>

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