2009-07-16 / Community News

Fire Safety tips from the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross of Central Texas has the tips and first aid courses available to keep Central Texans safe this summerwhether through grilling and fireworks safety, or first aid and heat safety education to prevent serious injury. After a spate of home fires over the July 4 holiday weekend and early this week, summer safety has never been more important.

The American Red Cross of Central Texas provided immediate disaster response to over four families affected in three separate home and mobile home fires in Travis County over the 4th of July weekend. Assistance included hotel stays, food, clothing, comfort kits, diapers and stuffed animals. The Red Cross is also currently in the process of providing disaster relief and assistance to Bastrop and Lee County families affected by two more fires.

"Luckily these families escaped safely, though some folks lost vital equipment like a wheelchair and necessary medications. And unfortunately a precious member of one family-a dog-did not make it out of the fire," said CEO Elaine Acker. "We urge Central Texans to go onto our website to learn how to stay safe this summer, keep your pets safe and to get trained in CPR and First Aid. That way your whole family can be prepared for any situation."

The Red Cross advises all citizens to "Be Red Cross Ready" in 3 easy steps: Get a Kit, Make a Plan and Be Informed. Disaster Supply Kits can be purchased directly from the Red Cross website or be built using a brochure guide also found online. A Family Disaster Plan is an essential component of preparedness, and the tips to create one can also be found online. Finally, families should stay informed of changing conditions and advisories with an emergency radio or through a live weather map on the Red Cross website, through Red Cross brochures or web materials. Learn more at http:// www.centex.redcross.org/.

To read the full range of safety tips for any situation or disaster, go online to http:// www.centex.redcross.org/ ourservices/prepare.php. Safety tips are downloadable and are written in clear, easy-to-read language. Many brochures are also available in Spanish.

To view the full range of health and safety courses, go to http:// www.centex.redcross.org/classes/ index.php. Classes are affordable and open to all ages and levels of experience.

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