Red Cross Helps Families After Fire in Bristol

(Report-It/Adam Hebenstreit)

BRISTOL, Conn. (WTNH) – The American Red Cross is helping two families after a fire broke out at their home on Federal Street.  The families consist of three adults and three children.

The Red Cross is providing them with personal items like toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving supplies and more.

The American Red Cross has recently launched a campaign to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires by 25% in five years. There are two actions you can take to substantially reduce the risk of death or injury in a home fire.

First, get smoke alarms.  Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a fire in half. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home inside bedrooms and sleeping areas. The Red Cross offers a program to install FREE smoke alarms in your home and provide additional fire safety information. Visit http://www.redcross.org/ct/schedule-a-visit to request a safety visit, or call 1-877-287-3327 and press option 1.

Second, practice fire drills at home.  Fire experts agree that you may have as little as 2 minutes to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. Use this Home Fire Escape Plan worksheet to plan your evacuation and practice it at least twice a year as a family.

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