Red Cross volunteers will take to the streets of Rogersville with the Logan-Rogersville Fire Department Saturday to provide free smoke alarms, batteries, and fire prevention and preparedness information to residents of what the Red Cross is calling “high risk neighborhoods.”
They’ll go door to door, in pairs, to talk with residents about smoke alarms and fire safety. One goal of the canvassing event is to help families prevent home fires by taking some basic safety measures and making sure each home has working smoke alarms.
Terra Jeffres, with Disaster Services, says it can take less than 15 seconds for a dry tree to become an inferno. But she says home fires can be prevented by following some simple safety rules.
The National Fire Protection Agency offers these tips:
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source and that it’s not blocking an exit.
- Add water to the tree stand for live trees and be sure to add water daily.
- Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
- Never use lit candles to decorate the tree.
- Always turn off Christmas lights before leaving home or going to bed.