Omaha — A rash of house fires over the weekend has the American Red Cross assisting more than 48 people.
Since Friday night, more than 30 disaster action team workers were sent out to help homeowners and firefighters across Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. Across the state, the Red Cross answered calls for help in: Omaha, Lincoln, Kearney, Lexington, Grand Island, Hickman and Talmage.
As cold weather continues to set into the region, the Red Cross has issued a reminder to families to be cautious when using space heaters and other heating sources and to make a plan in case of a home fire.
Heating sources are the leading cause of winter fires which increase during the winter months of December, January and February.
Heat sources such as space heaters, fireplaces or wood and coal stoves can pose a fire hazard. To reduce the risk of heating related fires, the Red Cross recommends keeping anything that can burn such as paper, bedding or furniture, at least three feet away from heating equipment and fireplaces and to never leave these unattended.
Here are a few fire prevention tips for the winter months:
For more Red Cross fire safety and preparedness information visit www.redcross.org/homefires.