For Home and Work
The biggest disaster threat in the United States isn’t tornado, hurricane or flood: it is fire. The American Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters every year. Most are home fires. In Northeast Ohio, Red Cross workers and volunteers help an average of 3 families, victims of home fires every night.
Mike Parks, Chief Executive of the American Red Cross, Northeast Ohio Region recently appeared on WKYC Channel 3 to help the station kick-off its Safety Week activities. Station management has a genuine concern for the well-being of the Channel 3 workforce, so they turned to the Red Cross during National Preparedness Month to help improve worker readiness in the face of an emergency.
During Mike’s visit to the station on Monday, September 14, the fire alarm was sounded. Employees were not warned in advance. The exercise was meant to assess their reaction. Hosts Michael Cardamone and Hollie Giangreco vacated the premises promptly, along with the studio crew and support staff. Mike then went on the air with station President and General Manager Micki Byrnes to explain the importance of responding immediately to a fire alarm, and to credit the employees who evacuated without hesitation.
“This is something all companies should be doing,” he said. “All organizations should have a plan in place.”
Fire prevention and escape plans aren’t just for the workplace: every home should have a plan as well.
Here is a Top Ten list of Fire Safety Tips:
- Install smoke alarms on every floor
- Change the batteries at least once a year, and install a new one if the low-battery alarm chirps
- Test alarms once a month
- Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what to do if they hear it
- Establish at least two escape routes from your home
- Consider emergency escape ladders for rooms on the second floor and above
- Select a meeting spot where your family can safely gather after escaping
- Practice your escape plan twice a year: time each drill until every family member can escape within two minutes
- Make an emergency kit. Get the basics from our previous blog posting here.
- Visit redcross.org to find out more about how to protect you and your family from fire
Every year, the Red Cross spends an average of $370 million helping people and communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from nearly 70,000 disasters across the country and around the world. Help people affected by disasters like home fires and countless other crises by making a donation to support Red Cross Disaster Relief. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation towards disaster relief.
And be watching Channel 3 News for more coverage of National Preparedness Month. Employees are being offered classes in First Aid and CPR through the American Red Cross.