Red Cross Responds to Brownfield House Fire - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/14/08

Red Cross Responds to Brownfield House Fire

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The American Red Cross South Plains Regional Chapter assisted a Brownfield family whose home was destroyed by fire earlier this week.  Red Cross volunteers provided the family of six with food, clothing, and temporary shelter.  The family told the Red Cross that the fire was caused by a blanket that covered a heating vent.

"We're deeply saddened by this family's loss," said volunteer Raymond Collins.  "As we continue to work with those involved, we'd like to remind everyone to act now to prevent and prepare for home fires in Brownfield and the rest of the South Plains."

Winter Safety Tips

  • Never use a range or an over as a supplemental heating device.  Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes
  • Never use an electrical space heater, with an extension cord and be sure not to overload the circuit the heater is on.
  • Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms or areas where they may come in contact with water.
  • Be certain you have at least 2 feet of clearance around any electrical space heaters or heating vents
  • The Red Cross recommends installing smoke alarms outside of each sleeping area and on each level of your home.  If you sleep with closed doors, install alarms inside each sleeping area.  Test and clean your smoke alarms once a month.  smoke alarm batteries should be replaced once a year. 
  • Every family should have a fire escape plan that includes at least two escape routes from every room in the home.  Also chose a convenient meeting place at a safe distance from your home.  Practice your escape plan at least twice a year with all family members.

Last year the South Plains Regional Chapter responded to nearly 100 home fires in the South Plains.  For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information (click here). 

The South Plains Regional Chapter serves Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Kent, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry, and Yoakum Counties.

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