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Red Cross/National Fire Protection Association Survey Indicates Economic Concerns Could Increase Number Of Home Fires

October 5th, 2008 · No Comments

The American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have just released results of a survey showing a majority (79%) of Americans are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes, and may use an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter. That, according to the Red Cross and NFPA, could present an increased residential fire danger in the months to come.

“As we head into, what by all accounts is likely to be a very costly heating season, these survey results and Fire Prevention Week provide a critical opportunity for us to remind people about the things they can do to prevent home fires and keep their families safe and warm this winter,” said NFPA President James M. Shannon. “If people use alternative heat sources to reduce energy costs, it is critical they use devices that are new or in good working order, and they turn off units when they go to bed or leave the room.”

The survey identified additional behaviors related to appliance maintenance and cooking that could also present home fire hazards this winter. The survey is being released during Fire Prevention Week, October 5-11.

“We hope this survey will encourage more people to take the simple steps necessary to protect their families and homes from fire,” said Gail J. McGovern, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. “Of the more than 74,000 disasters the American Red Cross responds to each year, approximately 93% are fire related, but unlike natural disasters, most home fires can be prevented.”

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