BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several fires over the holiday weekend left a number of area families homeless and in need.
The Red Cross says there were six fires on Thanksgiving Day alone. Some families lost everything; others were able to recover some items. This time of year, a house fire can be more disruptive; that's why people need to take steps to make sure they're safe.
"A lot of people are using space heaters to fill in that temporary gap, maybe they don't want to turn on the central heat, maybe that's their only form of heating - we really encourage you to make sure when you go to bed or if you're drowsy, turn it off - grab an extra blanket," said Nancy Malone with the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of Red Cross.
This Saturday, the Red Cross plans to meet up at Howell Park and go house-to-house in the 70805 zip code to help make sure people know how to create a plan and prevent fires.