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Economy May Increase Home Fires


WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Many Americans are looking to keep their energy bills down this winter because of the economy. A survey conducted by the National Fire Prevention Association and the American Red Cross found that the majority of Americans will use an alternative heating source this winter.

According to NFPA President James M. Shannon, "If people use alternative heat sources to reduce energy costs, it is critical they use devices that are in new or in good working order, and they turn off units when they go to bed or leave the room."

The American Red Cross responded to over 60 disasters in northeast Iowa last year, many of them being home fires.

Jennifer Pickar of the Hawkeye Chapter American Red Cross says, "The Red Cross is here to help anyone affected by a home fire, but also to provide information that helps people prevent and stay safer in a home fire."

NFPA and the American Red Cross offer these safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling or broiling food. If you must leave, even for a short time, turn off the stove.
  • Give space heaters space by keeping them at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Turn off heaters when you leave the room or go to sleep.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

Additional safety tips can be found

For more information about the Hawkeye Chapter American Red Cross, please visit or call (319) 234-6831.


Online Producer: Nick Jellings

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