Mapping Out the Fires

How many fires does the Red Cross respond to in America each year? Google knows pretty much everything, so it’s no surprise that we can now check for the answer there. The folks at our national office have compiled a Google Map with this info. Check it out here.

I was chatting with a friend in Boston the other day who didn’t believe me when I said our chapter goes out to fires almost every day here in the Chicago area. Yep, it’s true. And during this season of fire safety, it’s a good time to brush up on yours.

What do you do to keep your house fire safe? Do you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen? Do you check your smoke detectors regularly? Do you smoke cigarettes in bed while using hairspray? Just kidding. Really, how do you stay fire safe?

-Kristin Claes is a writer with the Greater Chicago Chapter. She checks her smoke alarms AND never uses hairspray around an open flame, but she does enjoy using hairspray. Safely.

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  1. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008Do you know a hero? 9Proper grammmer versionoWe are currently collecting nominations for our Annual Heroes Breakfast which is scheduled to take place in April of 2009. The design concept uses photos of everyday people paired with dynamic quotes from the nominators on who their hero is and why they were nominated.Every year the Greater Chicago Red Cross honors community members at the annual Heroes Breakfast who have demonstrated heroism through remarkable acts of courage or kindness.Awards will be given in the following categories:Adult Good Samaritan | Citizenship | Community ImpactDisaster Relief | Emergency Medical Assistance | Firefighter Nurse | Law Enforcement | Military | Youth Good SamaritanCandidates must live or work in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenryor Will Counties. The heroic act must have taken place after January of 2008.Selected Red Cross heroes will be formally honored at theHeroes Breakfast on April 23rd, 2009. To nominate your hero please visit chicagoredcross.org/heroesor call 312.729.6134.Nominations are due February 6th, 2009.

  2. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2008Do you know a hero? We are currently collecting nominations for our Annual Heroes Breakfast which is scheduled to take place in April of 2009. The design concept uses photos of everyday people paired with dynamic quotes from the nominators on who their hero is and why they are nominated.Every year the Greater Chicago Red Cross honors community members at the annual Heroes Breakfast who have demonstrated heroism through remarkable acts of courage or kindness.Awards will be given in the following categories:Adult Good Samaritan | Citizenship | Community ImpactDisaster Relief | Emergency Medical Assistance | Firefighter Nurse | Law Enforcement | Military | Youth Good SamaritanCandidates must live or work in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenryor Will Counties. The heroic act must have taken place after January of 2008.Selected Red Cross heroes will be formally honored at theHeroes Breakfast on April 23, 2009. To nominate your hero please visit chicagoredcross.org/heroesor call 312.729.6134.Nominations are due February 6th, 2009.

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