LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (American Red Cross) -- Forecasts for plunging temperatures and freezing precipitation that could cause power outages, adds to the American Red Cross in Arkansas safety concerns for increase in residential fires.
"We've already seen an increase in home fires with the start of the Thanksgiving holidays," stated American Red Cross in Arkansas Disaster Director Roger Elliot. "We still remember the increase in homes fires during the Christmas power outage last December from use of fireplaces that had not been inspected and unfortunately resulted in destroyed homes."
With the usual increase in fires during the holidays and the addition of a winter storm, the Red Cross is urging Arkansans to increase their fire safety.
The following tips can help minimize the risk for fires in homes and apartments: