As part of the National Day of Service, American Red Cross and local firefighters installed 127 smoke alarms inside homes in a Myrtle Beach-area neighborhood.
Red Cross volunteers partnered with the Horry County Fire Rescue Department to install the detectors on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and provide safety information to people living in the Racepath community, according to a Red Cross release.
“In only a few hours, and with the help of volunteers and fire officials, we are providing the potential to prevent fire-related injuries and fatalities to more than 100 residents,” said Louis Palm, disaster program manager for the Red Cross.
The event also is part of the Nationwide Fire Safety Campaign launched by the American Red Cross.
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Since the campaign launched in October, teams of Red Cross volunteers and fire officials have installed more than 2,000 smoke alarms and provided fire safety information in neighborhoods across the state, including several in Horry County.
In South Carolina, the American Red Cross, on average, responds to a disaster every four hours. Because of volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the Red Cross was able to help more than 7,000 individuals affected by disasters, the majority of those being home fires, in South Carolina last year.