Fire Prevention Week is Oct 7-13

Southern Missouri Region
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield MO 65803
417-832-9500 Ext. 107
Media Contact:  Nigel Holderby
American Red Cross Fire Safety Tips: National Fire Safety Week
Install Smoke Alarms and Create a Fire Escape Plan
American Red Cross, Southern Missouri Region: October 3, 2012 — This October 7-13 the American Red Cross is helping families and businesses learn how to protect themselves and others from fires in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. This year in the Southern Missouri Region, the Red Cross is responding to, on average, three house fires a day across 40 counties, providing comfort and basic necessities. Nationally, the Red Cross responded last year to about 63,000 home fires across the country and provided assistance to more than 82,000 families.
“Locally we aided about 35 individuals during the last week of September alone.” said Chris Harmon, Chief Emergency Services Officer for the Southern Missouri Region “The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones is to install a smoke alarm and to develop and practice a fire escape plan. Fires can spread very quickly, so everyone at home, school and work should know what to do when they hear the sound of a smoke alarm.”
It is always a somber thing to respond to a house fire, but even more so when there is a death involved. Red Cross volunteers are currently working with the family who lost their home and young child in an early morning fire in Mountain Grove, MO. on 10/5/2012. As we mourn the loss of such a precious life we urge you to talk with your family about your plan.  As it gets colder and it’s time to turn on the furnace or stoke the wood stove, we encourage you to take precautions and make certain things are functioning properly.
Additional recommendations include:
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of the house and inside bedrooms.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms at least once a year. Test each alarm monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Ensure that household members know two ways to escape from every room and designate a place to meet outside of your house in case of a fire. Practice your plan at least twice a year.
  • Follow your escape plan in case of fire. Get out, stay out, and call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
  • Download the American Red Cross First Aid App to get access to life-saving information on what to do for common, everyday first aid emergencies. The app is available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play for Android.
  • Visit for additional fire safety tips.
The Red Cross in your community is always available to come visit your organization to talk about safety and preparedness. In addition, Pluggy, a fire safety robot, along with a team of Volunteers can visit your school or group to explain fire safety to children from day care age through second grade. You can arrange for a visit from Pluggy by calling (417) 832-9500, ext 140.
“In order to continue responding to disasters like fires here in the Ozarks, the Red Cross depends on the generous support of individuals and businesses in the community,” added Greg James, Chief Development Officer for the Southern Missouri Region. “We are thankful to be part of such a generous community.”
Donations may be made by visiting, calling 1-800-REDCROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Or mail your donation to:
American Red Cross
1545 N. West Bypass
Springfield, MO 65803
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at
In Service,
K. Nigel Holderby
Chief Communications Officer
Please Note My New Email:
American Red Cross
Southern Missouri Region
(417) 832-9500 ext 107 (p)
(417) 207-6349 (c)

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