As the seasons change, the American Red Cross is urging people to pay attention to fire safety during the month of October. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has tips on how you can stay safe.
NEW YORK STATE -- The American Red Cross hopes to prevent fire tragedies by providing safety tips to follow.
The organization responds to a disaster every eight minutes, and the majority of those disasters are fire related. According to the United States Fire Administration, there are almost 365,000 residential fires reported every year. Those fire add up to more than $6 billion worth of loss.
Although adults can become trapped inside during a fire, children are typically at the most risk. According to officials with the Red Cross Disaster Program, it is important to education your children on the following safety strategies :
• Make sure children know what smoke alarms sounds like
• Know two routes to escape from every room in your home
• Practice escaping your home two times every year
• Determine a designated meeting place outside of the house and away from the fire
• Teach children to stop, drop, and roll
"If the children know what to do, they are not going to hide, they are going to leave the home if they have practiced their plan and they are aware of where they are supposed to go to meet their parents, that will save their life," said Jill Deskins, Disaster Program Manager.
Some tips for adults include checking fire alarms every month and changing smoke detector batteries on a regular basis. It is also important to keep flammable objects three feet away from hot surfaces.
For more safety tips from the American Red Cross, check out www.redcross.org.