The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross responded to three emergencies yesterday in our community.
At 11:35 a.m. the Red Cross helped three families affected by an apartment complex fire in Imperial Valley. The American Red Cross assisted 6 adults and 15 children by providing emergency assistance with shelter, food, formula, diapers, clothing, shoes, teddy bears and blankets.
The Red Cross Canteen Team responded to a SWAT incident at 12:17 p.m. by providing hydration and snacks to approximately 70 people.
The Red Cross responded to another residential fire at 1:42 p.m. affecting three adults and two children.
The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter responds local emergency nearly every 28 hours. The majority of these emergencies are home fires. All Red Cross disaster services are free, made possible by voluntary gifts of time and money from San Diego and Imperial Counties residents. To make a donation to the American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter, please visit http://www.sdarc.org/ or call (858) 309-1200.
Home fires are on the rise nationally and are the most common disaster threat in the United States and the American Red Cross San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter urges you to get prepared.
Simple Steps to Prevent Home Fires
- Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm outside each sleeping area and on each additional level of your home. If people sleep with doors closed, install smoke alarms inside sleeping areas, too. Use the test button to check each smoke alarm once a month. When necessary, replace batteries immediately. Replace all batteries at least once a year. Smoke alarms become less sensitive over time. Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
- Consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home. Get training from the fire department in how to use them.
- Consider installing an automatic fire sprinkler system in your home.
- Determine at least two ways to escape from every room of your home. Consider escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Learn how to use them and store them near the window.
- Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping. Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.