Mississippi Bank Partners with The American Red Cross to Promote Fire Safety

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Mississippi leads the nation in the number of fire deaths per capita each year. Citizens National Bank, a Mississippi community bank, is partnering with local chapters of The American Red Cross to help raise awareness of the need for fire safety.

Citizens National Bank is hosting several fire safety awareness events across the state to call attention to the great need for fire prevention. At these events, local fire departments and The American Red Cross are helping the bank to distribute free smoke alarms to people who need them as well as other fire safety information.

“Home fires are this country’s greatest disaster threat, but they are also the most preventable,” Susan Wehr, Executive Director of the Key Chapter of the American Red Cross said.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 2,755 people die in house fires each year. The American Red Cross estimates that 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms.

“We recommend that you install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside every sleeping area,” she said. “You should also test each of your smoke alarms once per month and replace batteries in them at least once a year,” Wehr added.    

The American Red Cross urges families to practice their escape routes at least twice per year, and have a designated meeting place where your family members agree to meet if they have to escape from a house fire. You should also consider having one or more working fire extinguishers in your home.

Special care should also be taken while in the kitchen, since cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires. “Most of these cooking related fires occur when the kitchen is left unattended,” Wehr said

“By simply taking a few precautions, and safeguarding your home, you can greatly reduce the risk of a fire related tragedy affecting your home,” Wehr said.

“We know people’s lives are busy, and fire safety is not always at the forefront of their minds.” Von Burt, President of Citizens National Bank’s Meridian Region said. “Our Bank wants to help in any way we can to help the people in our community to be prepared,” he said.

The Bank is also donating radio airtime to help promote fire safety and has a special section of their website which is devoted to the American Red Cross: http://www.YourCNB.com.

“We salute the work of the American Red Cross because we know they put caring into action,” Von Burt, of Citizens National Bank said. They put their arms around those families who fall victims to fires and other disasters in the area and provide help when it’s needed most,” he added.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. For more information, please visit http://www.redcross.org

About Citizens National Bank:
Citizens National Bank is an independent, Mississippi-owned bank which has 27 bank locations throughout the state of Mississippi in cities such as Jackson, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Laurel, Waynesboro, Columbus, Macon, Carthage, Philadelphia, Southaven and Olive Branch. You can visit the Bank on the web at http://www.YourCNB.com.

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