“Usually there are two or more individuals for each case,” she said. “We’ve had a couple of fires recently that involved parents and more than two children.”
Why have Red Cross volunteers been called to homes more recently? Well, that answer isn’t exactly easy to narrow down to a particular reason.
“There is no one pinpoint for a cause,” Kelly said. “It is really just a busy time of the year for people. We certainly see more heating and cooking related fires this time of year.”
With the numerous reasons why fires start, the American Red Cross is urging everyone to take the proper precaution to try and stay safe. Simple steps like keeping track of the food you are cooking for Christmas dinner or checking your smoke detectors can go a long way to keeping your family safe.
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