Red Cross offers tips to keep homes safe from fire this winter

Test alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year, if the model requires it. Valley News/Metro photo
The American Red Cross is reaching out to the community in the hopes of reducing the number of home fires this winter season.According to the American Red Los Angeles Region’s Disaster Action Team, there has been an uptick in fire events since September.“How many of you know that home fires account for 90% of all disaster responses?” the Red Cross asked in a news release issued last week, adding that while the area was “spared any major disasters last month,” Red Cross volunteers provided 194 people support and guidance through their individual home disasters and recovery journeys in November.On 365 days a year, people are forced from their homes due to fires, storms and other disasters, the Red Cross said.“Trained and willing volunteers are ready to respond w
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