Saturday, October 6, 2012

Keeping Safe as Weather Cools: American Red Cross Tips for Fire Prevention

Written by Kyla Campbell
Video by Edgar Maldonado

Hello fall!
Hello pumpkins!
Hello cedar candles!
After the blistering summer and days of triple digit weather, I warmly welcome this morning's weather with hot chocolate, a blanket and my favorite 10-year-old sweatshirt. This is no ordinary sweater. No, no, no...this is the sweater I took nearly all my finals in, the first one I grab when I get the sniffles or have my heart broken and it's was the first thought this morning knowing that fall has arrived. If the light blue, super-soft threads are hugging my shoulders, then I feel safe and warm. I am a 30-year-old Linus and this sweater...well, this is my blanket. While this may sound dramatic, it's not. It is very real. And security is everything to me.

Which is why I get excited to do my second fall routine—fire-safety checks and planning. When the weather turns cold, I flip the heater switch and hope it comes on but this is the only thing I leave up to hope. All alarms are checked and we have a fire go-bag by the door because my family's safety is not something I'll leave up to hope. Many families this season will not find the cool weather as enjoyable because nearly 70,000 across the country will lose their belongings, their homes and their security during a home fire.

Please take the time today to prepare your family and your home and then sit back with your favorite sweater, a hot drink and enjoy this weather!

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