American Red Cross- Home Fire Prevention

Gatlinburg Fire Incident-

“The wildfire exploded on Monday, as massive walls of flames spread down the mountains into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with shocking speed, according to those who fled with little more than the clothes on their backs.”

-The Washington Post

Fires are easily started and often a complete nightmare to contain and snuff out. Although the fire incident was a forest fire there were several homes destroyed. Take a few minutes and check your smoke detector batteries and/or install them in the appropriate places in your home.  National Fire Protection Agency recommends, installation of smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement. On levels without bedrooms,install alarms in the living room (or den or family room) or near the stairway to the upper level, or in both locations.

Did You Know?

… that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Top Tips for Fire Safety
-Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
-Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.
-Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.
-If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.