Red Cross Warns Community about Cooking Fires

With Thanksgiving approaching, the American Red Cross is advising people to be cautious when cooking.

Local Red Cross chapters are urging everyone to help save lives by being prepared for home fires while cooking this Thanksgiving.

“Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries,” said Steve Hansen, Northeast Wisconsin Regional Chapter Executive. “Having a working smoke alarms provides a few minutes of advance warning in the event of a home fire, and that extra time can save lives.”

To prevent cooking fires this holiday, follow these tips:

  • Never leave cooking food unattended.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, boiling, or roasting food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking.
  • Keep kids away from cooking areas by enforcing a “kid-free zone” of three feet around the stove.
  • Keep anything that can catch on fire—pot holders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, food packaging, and towels or curtains—away from your stove top and oven or any other appliance in the kitchen that generates heat.
  • Clean cooking surfaces on a regular basis to prevent grease buildup.
  • Consider purchasing a fire extinguisher to keep in your kitchen. Contact your local fire department to take training on the proper use of extinguishers.
  • Always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all stoves, ovens, and small appliances are turned off.
  • Smoke alarms save lives. Install a smoke alarm near your kitchen, on each level of your home, near sleeping areas, and inside and outside bedrooms if you sleep with doors closed. Use the test button to check it each month. Replace all batteries at least twice a year.

The Red Cross also recommends families create and practice a home fire escape plan, which should include at least two escape routes for every room in the home. Families should choose a convenient meeting place outside of the home and practice their escape plan at least twice a year with all family members.

Nationally, the Red Cross responds to thousands of local fires throughout the country every year. In the past year, the Northeast Wisconsin Red Cross Chapters responded to 163 local disasters, most of which were residential fires – which is nearly one every other day.

The Red Cross reminds people of the following fire safety tips they should take:

If a fire occurs, get out and stay out.  Call the fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s home.

  • If smoke or fire blocks the first escape route, use a second way.  If someone must exit through smoke, they should crawl low under the smoke to the exit.  If escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it.  If the door is warm, get out a different way.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block the way out, stay in the room with the door closed. Signal for help using a brightly colored cloth at the window. If there is a telephone in the room, call the fire department and tell them the location

Visit for more information on how to prevent home fires. People can help those affected by home fires and other emergencies by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross.

 About the Northeast Wisconsin Region:

The Northeast Wisconsin American Red Cross is a regional grouping of four chapters serving 20 counties with a mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters throughout the East Central Wisconsin, Lakeland, Outagamie and Scenic Shores Chapters. To learn more about Red Cross programs, volunteer opportunities, and how you can help, contact the Northeast region at 920-231-3590 or visit Find us on Twitter and Facebook at @NEWRedCross.

 About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; 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 mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at

November is National Youth Involvement Month….

As a way to celebrate starting next Monday, November 22, anyone who is a part of the American Red Cross Youth Facebook Group will get the chance to win special prizes each day by answering this question: “I volunteer with the American Red Cross because______________.”

By answering this simple question and posting it on the Facebook group page (click HERE to view page), you will be entered into a Red Cross drawing to win a prize from Eton radio!

Looking for other ways to get involved?  

Join YouthWire!

Stay Informed. Empower yourself. Join Red Cross YouthWire. If you are an American Red Cross youth volunteer or adviser, sign up now to receive up-to-date email announcements about important Red Cross youth news, stories, and opportunities. Make the most of your Red Cross experience – and tell your peers to join

Members from the UWGB Red Cross Club at the March Community Awareness Concert

Green Bay Packers Receive Outstanding Corporation Award at National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon


(l-r) Mary Bartels and Margaret Meyers, from the Green Bay Packers with Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

National Philanthropy Day (NPD), November 10, is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world.

More than 125 communities and 50,000 people around the world will participate in NPD events and celebrations.

Donors, volunteers, corporations, foundations, small businesses, youth in philanthropy and others will be honored on NPD in recognition of their work in improving their communities and their world every day.

The Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of AFP (Association for Fundraising Professionals) held a National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon and workshops at Fox Valley Technical College.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter nominated the Green Bay Packers to receive the Outstanding Corporation Award for all they do in our communities. Margaret Meyers, Secretary of the Green Bay Packers Foundation accepted the award.

Outstanding Corporation Award: presented to a corporation or its corporate foundation that has demonstrated outstanding commitment through financial support and through encouragement and motivation of others to take leadership roles toward philanthropy and community involvement.



Vikings and Packers Take Rivalry Off the Field with Blood Drives on November 19

Media Contact: Sarah Barman, (608) 227-1273

Score a victory for patients in need and support your hometown team by donating blood with the American Red Cross

The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers are known for their rivalry on the football field. To kick-off their second showdown this season, they are encouraging their fans to also support patients in need by donating blood on Friday, November 19.

“The great part of this rivalry is that no matter which team triumphs on the field, patients in need are the ultimate winners,” said Greg Novinska, CEO of the local American Red Cross Blood Services Region. “By giving blood on November 19, donors can support their hometown team while helping to ensure a stable blood supply leading into the holidays.”

The Packers are offering their fans a special treat by hosting a second blood drive with the Red Cross this year. Fans in the Green Bay-area can donate for their team at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive.

Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive

Friday, November 19 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lambeau Field, Legends Club – 4th Floor

All presenting donors at the Green Bay Packers Fan Blood Drive will receive a Green Bay Packers pin and a Red Cross travel mug and can enter a raffle to win special Green Bay Packers merchandise.

All blood donations made through the American Red Cross on Friday, November 19 will count toward the total tally for the Green Bay Packers. The team that has the highest number of people turn out to donate earns extra bragging rights on and off the field.

“We encourage all Packers fans to participate in our friendly rivalry contest and donate blood,” said Mark Murphy, President/CEO of the Green Bay Packers. “Fans can help start off the big weekend with a victory during the blood drive, and carry the excitement through to Sunday.”

Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit for more information or to schedule an appointment to donate on November 19. Scheduling appointments in advance allows the Red Cross to make donations as convenient as possible for donors.

How to Donate Blood

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good general health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation’s blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.

Good Day WI TV Spot: Card making for the military

There is still time to show your support for our service members! If you missed the November 11 card making gatherings you can still make your own and send them in. Click HERE to watch Good Day WI – Fox 11 coverage of the “Holiday Mail for Heroes” program. Click HERE to read more about the program.

Volunteers named to Red Cross board of directors

For The Reporter • November 14, 2010 

Twenty-seven volunteers have accepted positions on the American Red Cross of East Central Wisconsin Chapter board of directors.

Through recent consolidation of the Fond du Lac, Neenah-Menasha and the East Central Wisconsin chapters, local volunteers continue to have a voice as programs and services work down the street, across the country and around the world.

Board members serve on a voluntary basis and are dedicated to assisting and furthering the Red Cross mission to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.

The board’s responsibilities include adhering to national standards, strategic planning, overseeing services and programs, fundraising and evaluating the chapter executive. In addition, they also serve on one or more board committees including Executive, Philanthropy, Nominating, Finance, and Service Delivery.

The Executive Committee includes Board Chair John Schorse of Envision Retirement Planning LLC, who also serves as the Regional Advisory Council chair; Vice Chair Eileen Leinweber, a retired health-care professional; Secretary Pam Hillen of Theda Care); Amy Sitter of Baker Tilly; Dan Morrill of Servant Insurance; Kevin Greek of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue; and Rick Parks of Society Insurance.

Additional members of the board of directors include: Barbara Beuscher of UW Oshkosh Foundation; Diane Cappazzo, Fond du Lac County Health Department; Nancy Clark, Foth Companies; Tim Cook, Clarity Care; Mike Drees, Affinity Health; Mary Hansen, health-care professional; Barb Jansky, American Bank; Vicki Jenks, musician; Jack Klein, Lowe’s Home Centers; Andrea Koch, M&I Bank; Tim Lamers, Citizen’s First Credit Union — Business Lending Group; Patty Lorfeld, Affinity Health; Julie Malueg, J.J. Keller; Karyn Merkel, Charter Communications; Mike Parmentier, Edgarton, St. Peter, Petak & Rosenfeldt; Lisa Piikkila, Coalesce Inc.; David Sakrison, Sakrison Communications; Mike Starshak, Trust Wisconsin; Stephen Walbert, retired from AT&T; and Kevin Harrison, will also be an adjunct board member through the Leadership Oshkosh program and through his employer, GE Gas & Oil.

The East Central Wisconsin Chapter serves residents of Florence, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, upper one-third of Marinette, Marquette, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties in Wisconsin and Dickinson County in Michigan.

Recoveron Restoration and Musicians from Bent Grass Team Up for the Red Cross

If you missed it, you still have one more chance to support the American Red Cross at the Recoveron Tailgate party. This past Sunday, musicians from the group Bent Grass, joined in on the efforts. In total $330 was collected at the Packers vs Dallas evening tailgate party.

Special thanks goes out to Bent Grass for making a special appearance and providing some awesome entertainment.  Additionally the Red Cross would like to thank Andy Kaye, President of Recoveron Restoration, and his team of helpers from set up, to collections, to take down.  Thank you to all who have stopped by to give their support of Recoveron and the American Red Cross.

Last Tailgate Party opportunity:

  • Sunday December 5, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. 
  • Entry to the tailgate parties is free, with food and beverages for sale. All tailgate parties take place at 2036 S. Ridge Road, Green Bay (one block south of Kroll’s West) and are open to the public.