The American Red Cross of the Tennessee Region is encouraging all citizens to make a home fire safety plan following an uptick in home fire fatalities in the state this past June.

In June, eight fire deaths were recorded in Pickett, Gibson, Hamilton, Davidson, Wilson, Dyer, and Shelby counties.

The Red Cross offers emergency financial assistance, food, relief items, health and mental health services, and one-on-one support to connect people to available recovery assistance following a home fire. There are also training courses offered that provide fire safety education in all Tennessee communities at local chapter offices. Most courses are offered online, and life-saving courses like CPR, AED and First Aid are offered with limited space by registration. So far this year, local Red Cross volunteers have helped more than 1,025 families affected by single and multi-family home fires in our state.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors who were impacted by these tragedies,” said Joel Sullivan, regional executive for the Tennessee Region of the American Red Cross. “Because these disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, please help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms each month and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone in your household can escape in two minutes or less.”

For home fire safety resources and tips, visit redcross.org/fire or download the free Red Cross Emergency App, (search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps).

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