Home fires strike fast and without warning, destroying lives and property in its path.
Sixty- five percent of deaths from home fire occur in residences without working smoke alarms.
Director of Programs and Services at the Black Hills Red Cross says following fire safety procedures can help reduce that number.
“We recommend that you have a smoke detector on each floor of your home and that making sure you check those batteries at least twice a year to make sure they are functioning properly,” said Russ Korzeniewski.
He also said you should never leave candles burning and food cooking while unattended.
If your home catches fire, you should get out, stay out and call for help.
And lastly, you should talk with family members about a fire escape plan and practice it twice a year.
Korzeniewski said you should never re – enter a burning home to collect belongings, instead, call 911 immediately.