Red Cross of NM reminds people about fire safety

Posted at: 09/21/2013 10:29 PM
Updated at: 09/21/2013 10:31 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and Staff

As the days and nights get cooler, more people will be turning on their heaters and fireplaces to stay warm.

That is why the Red Cross of New Mexico is going door-to-door this weekend to remind people about fire safety.

The American Red Cross of New Mexico says now is the perfect time just as the season’s start to change.  

“This neighborhood does have a few extra fires than other neighborhoods and we wanted to make sure everyone understood uh, how to keep their home safe,” said Rahim Balsara of the American Red Cross of New Mexico.

Balsara is talking about Adobe Acres in the South Valley.

However, it is not only this part of Albuquerque, but the entire state that needs this reinforcement.

Last year alone, over 370 homes caught fire across the state.

Balsara says there is one thing people do not do that could save their lives.

“Not changing the smoke alarm batteries every time the time changes. I mean that's a simple thing to remember,” Balsara said.

“If we can save just one home from catching on fire this year than we, we've really done a great job,” volunteer Nadir Amin said.

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