Cold temperatures have kept emergency responders busy over the past 24 hours. That includes Red Cross volunteers, who were on hand for fires in Middletown, Providence, Pawtucket and Tiverton.
Red Cross regional spokeswoman Stephanie Arcangelo reminds Rhode Islanders to take extra precautions when trying to keep warm at home.
“So that includes being mindful of space heaters, make sure they’re on a level surface, they’re not near anything that can catch on fire," says Arcangelo. If you have a fireplace you want to make sure you have a good screen in place to avoid the embers coming out and catching fire.”
Red Cross volunteers help address families’ immediate needs after fires and natural disasters. Arcangelo says families can help by putting together an emergency preparedness kit.