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Red Cross: Cold Temperatures Bring Higher Risk of House Fires

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DES MOINES, Iowa — As the temperatures drop, the American Red Cross says the risk of a house fire goes up.

It’s already been a busy month for the organization. In the last two weeks, the Red Cross says it has responded to more than 15 fires across the state.

The Red Cross has a specially-trained disaster action team on standby. The volunteers provide food, shelter, and basic supplies to Iowans in need.

This past weekend alone, they were called to help ten people in central Iowa after fire forced them from their homes.

“We’ll give out blankets, maybe clothes, maybe shoes. A lot of people when they run out, they don’t take anything with them because why would you, your first inclination is to get out of the house,” Kara Kelly said.

The Red Cross reminds people to check their smoke alarms, create a fire escape plan and hold regular fire drills at home.

They also say maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.


  • Scootiep

    The risks only increase for people who are too stupid to use space heaters safely. Simple rules:
    Don’t clutter stuff around them, even non flammable things.
    Do not use them in high traffic places where they will be easily tipped over.
    Keep them clean (blow them out with compressed air frequently).

    It’s common sense people. Also, if you have a fireplace, for the love of Go, please make sure you either shut it off (wood) or turn it off (gas) BEFORE you leave/go to sleep.

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