The American Red Cross of NWGA encourages area residents to remain alert against home fires amid the recent return of chilly temperatures.
Carla Maton, Executive Director, says that her organization typically sees an increase in home fires at this time of year due to the increased use of heating devices. Families can reduce their risk of death or injury by making sure that their smoke alarms are working properly. Those in need of a smoke alarm are urged by Maton to reach out the Red Cross for help.
Smoke alarms may be obtained by visiting the Red Cross office in Rome at 112 John Maddox Drive or www.redcross.org, or by contacting 1-800-RED CROSS, states Maton, who anticipates that the Red Cross will, unfortunately, be responding to more and more home fires through the winter months.
And those chilly temperatures have been forecast into the foreseeable future by the National Weather Service. Overnight lows are anticipated to dip into the 20s this Wednesday night and into the weekend.