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.