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A January full of deadly fires prompts safety reminders from Red Cross

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January was a deadly month in the valley. House fires claimed the lives of five people.

The Red Cross is using those tragic deaths as a reminder for fire safety.

If you need a warning, you can find it in the ashes. The Red Cross says these fires are almost always preventable.

January was a deadly month in the valley. House fires claimed the lives of five people.

The Red Cross is using those tragic deaths as a reminder for fire safety.

If you need a warning, you can find it in the ashes. The Red Cross says these fires are almost always preventable.

“Typically, its every two days that we have a home fire in southern Nevada,” said Cynthia De La Torre with the Red Cross. “Around the holidays that jumps to every eighteen hours.”

Every eighteen hours in Southern Nevada there is a house fire. That fact, as alarming as it is, might not make an impact.

Hollywood will.

This is us might be the most popular show on television. Now their biggest story line -- the death of a beloved character -- revolves around a house fire

So how do you stay safe? Mostly common sense.

Smoke detectors should be in every room, and you should make sure they’re working. Carbon monoxide detectors should be installed as well.

Don’t leave any cooking appliance on and plugged in, like that infamous crockpot on this is us.

Have a plan to get out. And once you're out, don’t rush back in.


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