Fire Prevention Week: Test Smoke Alarms Now Before Cold Weather Brings Increased Threat of Home Fires

October 1, 2021— This Fire Prevention Week (October 3-9), the Kansas and Oklahoma region of the American Red Cross urges you to test your smoke alarms before the threat of home fires increases with cold weather. The Red Cross responds to 27% more home fires in November-March than in warmer months. According to the National Fire Protection Association — which is sponsoring Fire Prevention Week with the theme, “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety” — home fires are most common in cooler months when people spend more time inside, and cooking and heating equipment are the leading causes of these…

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