Thursday, December 3, 2015

Families Learn Home Fire Safety in Clio

On November 28, more than 30 members of the Clio Fire Department and the American Red Cross teamed together for a one-day home fire preparedness outreach blitz across the Town of Clio, South Carolina. More than 100 families are now safer thanks to the safety education and more than 300 working smoke alarms that they received in their homes on Saturday from Red Cross volunteers, firefighters and other community partners as part of the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign.

“Together with our partners in the Town of Clio and Marion County, the Red Cross helping to protect people and prepare them for emergencies like a fire in their home,” said Louis Palm, disaster program manager for the Red Cross of Eastern SC.

Families living in the Town of Clio who would like a free home fire safety visit can contact the Clio Fire Department at 843-586-8323.


South Carolina consistently ranks within the top ten states for home fire deaths per capita and the Red Cross assists more than 7,100 people a year, 2,000 of them children, after home fires.

 The one-day blitz was part of a larger campaign by the Red Cross aimed at reducing deaths and injuries due to home fires by 25 percent. Since the Home Fire Preparedness Campaign launched in October 2014, the Red Cross and its partners have installed nearly 6,500 smoke alarms in communities across South Carolina.

The American Red Cross and its partners, including the South Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal, the South Carolina Firefighters Association, and local fire departments, are working together to save lives, reduce injuries, and preserve property. Together, they are keeping families safe across South Carolina by installing smoke alarms and teaching people how to lessen their chances of suffering from a home fire.

The Red Cross and its partners also are asking every household in America to take the two simple steps that can save lives: checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home.


  • Visit to find out more about how to protect themselves and their loved homes from fire. 
  • Find the location of smoke alarm installation events or to become a volunteer, contact the Eastern SC Chapter of the Red Cross at 843-477-0020 or visit
  • Donate to Red Cross Disaster Relief by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. We respond to nearly 70,000 other disasters every year, from home fires to wildfires and more.


photos by Dennis James

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