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Preparation key to surviving fires

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BATON ROUGE - When temperatures drop each winter, the number of house fires rises as people try to stay warm. That's already happened several times this year. When it does, the American Red Cross is there to assist families in need. Nancy Malone joined us on 2une In Wednesday morning to challenge you to be educated and prepared before fire even strikes.

"it's very personal for us," Malone stated. "When we're called out to these fires whether there's an injury or fatality, we want to make sure your family stays safe and there's very constructive things you can do to make a difference."

Besides making sure all of your smoke detectors are working, the Red Cross wants your family to develop a plan.

"Take special attention with your kids and talk to them about what to do if they hear that smoke alarm go off," she explained. "There's very little time to get out so they need to know what they need to do, where do they need to go and what is the meeting place outside the house."

She says having the meeting spot outside the home is key because it will allow the family to quickly tell firefighters if everyone made it out safely or if someone is still inside.

You can get help developing a plan for you family this Saturday at 9 a.m. during a canvassing event in 70805 neighborhoods. The Baton Rouge Fire Department will be on hand to help check homes in that area for smoke alarms.

For more information on how to be prepared for a fire, visit the American Red Cross website or watch our interview with Nancy Malone.



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