HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The American Red Cross is partnering with the Horry County Fire and Rescue Department to conduct a Fire Safety Smoke Alarm Blitz.
The Blitz will occur in the Racepath Community on Monday, January 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The volunteers will go door-to-door installing smoke alarms and providing safety information to residents. "Installing smoke alarms cuts the risk of someone dying from a home fire in half, so we're joining with fire departments from across our community to install smoke alarms," said Tony Reid, regional disaster officer of the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region.
This event is part of the American Red Cross' Nationwide Fire Safety Campaign. The campaign is designed to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires. Since the campaign launched in October, volunteers have installed 1,727 smoke alarms in SC.
"We also will be teaching people how to be safe from home fires," Reid said. The Red Cross urges every household to check their existing smoke alarms and practice fire drills at home.