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Hurricanes are not America's biggest disaster threat

After Katrina and Rita, you might think hurricanes are America's biggest disaster threat.

But, you would be wrong.

Every year, more than 67,000 American homes go up in flames.

But there are ways you can prevent them from happening.

The American Red Cross says heating sources, like space heaters and stoves, are often to blame.

So, keep them three feet away from anything that can burn.

Also, maintain your smoke alarms and replace the batteries every six months.

Make sure you have two exits out of every room and practice an evacuation plan with the entire family.

You can find more helpful hints at the American Red Cross.

http://www.redcross.org/prepare

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