Red Cross stressing fire safety

Home fires topped list of disaster responses throughout Wisconsin in 2014

The American Red Cross helped Wisconsin families affected by home fires more than any other disaster this year.

Barbara Behling with the Red Cross says more than 3,451 victims of home fires were helped by the organization from January through November in 2014. At least 50 additional fires in December will be added to that count.

The support includes food, blankets, and some times financial help to replace lost belongings.

Because of the high number of home fires, the Red Cross launched a campaign this year to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries by 25% over the next five years. That starts with education. “One is to have a working and well maintained smoke alarms and the second is to develop and practice fire escape plans with their family,” said Ben Hein, the disaster program manager with the Red Cross.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to a disaster once every eight minutes.