With below zero temperatures and even lower wind chills throughout much of Nebraska and Iowa, it is important that families and individuals remain vigilant in practicing home fire safety.
Heat sources that people often turn to in the winter months 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.
"Last month, the Nebraska/SW Iowa Region responded to more than 60 home fires across Nebraska and in portions of Iowa," said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. "But the good news is that there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of a home fire."
Home fire safety tips from the Red Cross:
About 65 percent of house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. During a home fire, working smoke alarms can save lives.
Smoke Alarm Safety Tips: