It’s also National Fire Prevention Month, and this week is Fire Prevention Week. Center Broadcasting, in partnership with local fire departments, are airing fire prevention tips voiced by fire chiefs from Shelby and San Augustine County fire departments. The American Red Cross is urging families and businesses to learn how to protect themselves and others from fires. Last year, the Red Cross responded to about 63,000 home fires across the country by providing comfort and basic necessities to more than 82,000 families. The Red Cross, local fire fighters and Center Broadcasting recommend:
-- 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.
Visit www.redcross.org/homefires for additional fire safety tips.