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Health Tip: Prevent Fire Deaths and Injuries

(HealthDay News) -- The American Red Cross says it responds to more than 64,000 disasters annually -- mostly home fires.

Every day, about seven people are killed and 36 people hurt in home fires. The organization's goal is to cut these numbers by 25 percent by the year 2020.

Here's what you can do to help, the Red Cross says:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
  • Test smoke alarms monthly. If any aren't working, change the batteries.
  • Talk with every family member about a fire escape plan. Practice the plan twice a year.
  • If a fire breaks out, leave the home as quickly as possible and call for help immediately. Never go back inside.

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