Posts Tagged ‘Fire Safety’

Although they rarely make front-page news, home fires, which displace thousands of people, and can cause serious injury and/or death, represent the vast majority of disasters that affect the residents of Greater New York each year. Between January and September 2009, the American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) responded to 1,327 home fires in the five boroughs of New York City and the Lower Hudson Valley, and helped more than 7,300 adults and children affected by those fires with financial assistance, emergency housing and emotional support.

The good news about home fires––while they represent the greatest number of the Chapter’s responses, they are one of the most preventable. ARC/GNY urges families to prepare and take action to prevent home fires during National Fire Prevention Week, October 5–9. This preparation doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment or training, and Fire Prevention Week is a great time to get started. In addition to having working smoke alarms on each level of your home, one of the easiest ways to prevent a tragedy is to develop and practice a home fire escape plan so that every family member knows how to escape quickly and safely.

For more information on how you can get prepared, please read our Fire Safety Guide. You can also follow us on Twitter to learn about the many fires the Chapter responds to daily.

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From NY Times:

Families from 22 James Street and nearby buildings had to be moved to a temporary shelter at a nearby community center.

Families from 22 James Street and nearby buildings had to be moved to a temporary shelter at a nearby community center.

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Video News Reports:  CBS, ABC

From the NY Daily News:

Survivors of the apartment fire are helped by a memeber of the NYPD.

Survivors of the apartment fire are helped by a memeber of the NYPD.

More than 60 families from three buildings on the block were taken to a nearby shelter. The Red Cross was trying to find Mandarin interpreters since many of the displaced residents spoke only Chinese, officials said.

From NY Newsday:

Sixty families, totaling nearly 250 people, were evacuated and took shelter at Hamilton-Madison House, a nearby charity, said Rosemary Mackey, a Red Cross spokeswoman.

One neighbor, a third-floor resident of a building adjacent to 22 James St., said she looked out the window of her apartment and saw a man in the burning building.

“The guy was breaking the window and calling for help,” said the woman, who gave only her last name, Xian. “He looked like he was about to jump.”

Xian said that when her 24 James St. building was evacuated because of the fire she got dressed and left with her 9-month-old baby and 3-year-old child. She took refuge at Hamilton-Madison House where residents of 22, 24 and 47 St. James St. were being helped by the Red Cross.

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From the NY Post:

Fire ripped through two wood-frame buildings in The Bronx yesterday, leaving several families without a home – including a woman who had gone to Washington to attend the inauguration of President Obama.

Daniel Festa, of the Red Cross disaster-response team, said the agency was taking six families to hotels last night.

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Source: http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local&id=6493837

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American Red Cross in Greater New York (ARC/GNY) responders provided help to those affected by two deadly fires over the weekend that killed seven people, including four children.

Chapter relief workers rushed to the scene of a tragic apartment fire at 401 W.18th Street between Ninth & Tenth Avenues early Saturday morning, October 11. Five members of one family, including three children, perished in the blaze. Fire officials said a smoke detector in the apartment appeared to have been deliberately disabled. A 10-year-old boy who survived that fire was rushed to the hospital.

Red Cross relief workers registered 15 people – 6 adults and 9 children – for emergency services. The response team provided psychological first aid, support and comfort to neighbors who had unsuccessfully attempted to rescue the family from the burning apartment, and who witnessed attempts to resuscitate the victims. An ARC/GNY mental health worker will attend the building’s tenant meeting later this week to provide additional support and comfort.

On Sunday, October 12, Chapter relief workers registered 8 adults for emergency services after a 1-alarm fire destroyed an apartment 1214 Hancock Street in Brooklyn, leaving a man and his nephew dead. The Chapter provided emergency overnight housing for one adult at a local hotel.

Tragedies such as these point up the need for all New Yorkers to be understand how to make their homes fire safe. ARC/GNY’s Fire Safety Guide can give anyone the   information they need to do so.

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The American Red Cross and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today released results of a survey showing the majority (79%) of Americans are concerned about the rising cost of heating their homes, and many will use an alternative heating source to reduce their bills this winter.  The survey identified additional behaviors related to appliance maintenance and cooking that could also present home fire hazards this winter.

Continue to read more about the survey and be sure to take a minute to review the ARC/GNY Fire Safety Guide.

Source: nyredcross.org

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No one wants to think about their homes being burned down, but this blog post from My Kids Mom, reminds us of how important it is to be prepared for any emergency and how something like a simple house fire can dramatically change our lives in an instant. 

Since our house burnt to the ground on June 18, our life as we knew it changed completely. Even though we lost our house and everything that was in it, I know it could have been a lot worse. I know God was watching over us and I know he still is. The lady from the Red Cross told me the day of the house fire, “That I would soon realize who my true friends are” and that is so true! I am grateful for the people who have helped us. Either by donating clothing, money, helping with the kids, or just calling to make sure we are doing OK. We also appreciate everyone’s prayers. Most of the people who donated clothing and money we don’t even know. I have been so overwhelmed with how helpful complete strangers have been. I have never gone through anything like this before. The night of the fire my husband and I were thankful just to get a toothbrush. The day of the fire and the days after the fire I felt like I was walking around in a daze. I know this has been even more dramatizing for my kids. They don’t understand how they could go from having from what I use to say was too many toys to not have much of anything. I have tried to keep my kids busy since the fire by taking them to the park, the movies, or going out for lunch. Nick’s birthday was at the end of June, so he has the most toys. Someone gave Celie a Tinker Bell purse, and she takes it with her every where she goes. She even sleeps with it. I try to stay up beat for my kids and even for David. I know everything is just as hard if not harder on him now. After living with my parents for over a month, we are now living in a one bedroom apartment that my parents own. It use to be a building they used for their office. We have two sets of bunk beds that were donated to us on one side of the living room. That is where the 4 kids sleep. I’m not complaining. I’m thankful! Everything that we now own was given to us. When you lose everything you own you are thankful to get anything, even if it’s something that is 30 years old.

I know we go through things in life for a reason. Going through this I have learned a lot about people. I know I am thankful for everything I have and I want to do more to help others.

Source: My Kids Mom Blog

To learn more about how you can better prepare for this emergency, check out the Red Cross Fire Safey Guide.

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