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American Red Cross says increase in home fires as cold weather comes

As the weather begins to get colder, and the holiday season approaches, the American Red Cross says the risk of home fires increases.

According to the Red Cross, some of the most common fire-starters are from heating and cooking equipment.

The organization says home fires take seven lives each day in the United States, and that mostly happens in houses with non-working fire alarms or no alarms at all.

The Red Cross urges every family to make sure smoke alarms are functioning and to make and practice a fire escape plan.

When making a plan, the American Red Cross suggests at least two ways to get outside of each room in your home.

Select a meeting spot that’s a safe distance from the home. The organization also suggests practicing an escape plan until everyone can get out in two minutes.

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