The American Red Cross of Lowcountry SC conducted a smoke alarm blitz in Bluffton, South Carolina. The event, in partnership with Beaufort County Emergency Management, Jasper County School District, Palmetto Breeze, Department of Social Services, and the Southern Baptist Disaster Team, installed sixty new smoke alarms in the rural community.
The blitz is part of a Red Cross response to a recent spate of home fires in the Lowcountry and a continuation of the Red Cross Nationwide Fire Safety Campaign launched in October 2014. On average, our disaster-trained volunteers respond to 2-3 home fires in the state of South Carolina every day. The campaign and Wednesday's blitz aim to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by twenty-five percent over the next five years.
"It was a great day of community spirit," noted Kimberly Shell of the Spartanburg Office. The area canvassed was rural, ensuring that community members farther away from emergency response services are adequately protected in the event of a home fire.