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Amica shares fire safety tips for Red Cross Month

Sean Welch speaks at Red Cross event

03/31/2016

LINCOLN, R.I. - March is Red Cross Month, so Amica Insurance is sharing fire safety and prevention tips to highlight its partnership with the Red Cross Ready 365 Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

According to the Red Cross, 60 percent of fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms. That’s why it’s important to install smoke alarms on every level of the home and test the batteries once a month. Amica is also sharing the following fire safety tips from the Red Cross:

  • Keep items that can catch fire at least three feet away from anything that gets hot, such as space heaters.
  • Turn off portable heaters when leaving the room or going to sleep.
  • Stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, even for a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • Develop a household fire escape plan, and practice the plan with family members twice a year.
  • If a fire does occur in the home, get out, stay out, and call for help.


The Home Fire Preparedness Campaign also sends Red Cross volunteers into communities to educate residents about fire safety and fire escape planning, as well as to install smoke alarms free of charge. (To learn more about volunteering opportunities, click here.)

Sean Welch, vice president in Amica’s claims executive department and a Red Cross board member, volunteers for various Red Cross initiatives and events with his family. He encourages others to get involved.

“If you like helping people, volunteering with the Red Cross is extremely rewarding,” Welch said. “Many people need help. That’s what the Red Cross is here for – to help take care of our neighbors.”

(PHOTO INFO: Sean Welch, vice president in Amica's claims executive department, is a Red Cross board member and volunteer.)

About Ready 365

Ready 365 Giving Program members are businesses that value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross; they want to deepen their commitment to our mission; and they are ready to help save lives every day of the year.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit Amica.com.

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