BENNETTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Disaster-trained volunteers with the American Red Cross are assisting families in Bennettsville, North Myrtle Beach and Hamer, whose houses were damaged by fires this week.
According to a news release, the Bennettsville Fire Department responded to a blaze on Union Street Wednesday morning, the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department responded to a blaze on Possum Trot Road Tuesday and the Dillon County Fire Department responded to a blaze on Belaire Drive Wednesday night.
The Red Cross will provide financial assistance to a total of four adults and three children for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials.
This summer, avoid fires with these tips:
- Be aware of both the temperature and the heat index. The heat index is the temperature the body feels when the effects of heat and humidity are combined.
- Discuss heat safety precautions with members of your household. Have a plan for wherever you spend time - home, work and school - and prepare for power outages.
- Know those in your neighborhood who are elderly, young, sick or overweight. They are more likely to become victims of excessive heat and may need help.
- If you do not have air conditioning, choose places you could go to for relief from the heat during the warmest part of the day (schools, libraries, theaters, malls).
- Ensure that your animals' needs for water and shade are met.
- Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use.
- Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
- Make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
- Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches, or anything that could catch fire.
- Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.