American Red Cross Responds to Increase in Home Fires
Local American Red Cross representatives say they are responding to an increase in home fires this winter.
News 13’s Lauren Brigman talked live on News 13 This Morning with Disaster Program Manager, Rebecca Pittman, sharing tips to help save lives.
Red Cross representatives believe alternate heating sources are the leading cause of the homes fires they are seeing.
If you are using a space heater, Red Cross recommends keeping it at least three feet from all objects. Also, never plug a space heater into an extension cord.
Just this week across the western half of North Carolina, Red Cross has assisted more than 120 people impacted by home fires.
The week prior, representatives in the Asheville area also saw an uptick. "It's been about double what we see in a week, so typically we see about 4 home fires a week in our area. In the week leading up to New Year's we saw eight."
As we prepare for the winter weather maker expected early next week, the Red Cross stresses the importance of having a disaster kit ready.
It should include a three-day supply of food and water per person, flashlight, extra clothes, a first-aid kit and other essentials.