Red Cross teaches Bronx residents fire safety

The volunteers will also be installing more than 300 smoke alarms for free to residents who don't have any.

The volunteers will also be installing more than 300 smoke alarms for free to residents who don't have any. (2/28/15)

WILLIAMSBRIDGE - House fires are becoming more common in the borough as temperatures stay bitterly cold.

The American Red Cross is working to make sure Bronx residents know how to stay safe in case it starts getting too hot.

The organization is paying visits to residents to teach homeowners the right way to prevent fires. As a perk, they are also installing free smoke detectors in homes that don't have them.

The Red Cross says the initiative is part of a new national campaign. In the next five years, they hope to drop the number of deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent.

Red Cross volunteers started in the Bronx because of the many home fire emergencies they respond to in the borough. They say they received more than 500 calls just last year.

The organization has a fire safety checklist to help residents look out for warning signs for fires. Some tips include watching food while cooking over an open flame and keeping space heaters at least three feet away from anything that could catch fire.

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