CHARLESTON, SC — Two house fires just outside the Charleston area displaced three people over the cold weekend.
American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers first assisted one person who lost his or her home in a fire in Colleton County. The Colleton Fire Department responded to the incident. The rescue group provided comfort kits and financial aid to provide temporary shelter to the displaced.
Red Cross volunteers also assisted two people displaced after a fire in Georgetown County. The American Red Cross reports the fire happened on Big Dam Swamp Drive. Volunteers provided temporary housing, as well as other general aid.
The disaster-assistance agency also reminds families to be aware of fire dangers and take precautions to protect the home.
The group asks people to check their smoke alarms and practice fire drills for the home. Red Cross volunteers remind households to have a fire escape plan and practice the drill at different times of the day throughout the year.
The group also advises families to include and test smoke alarms on every level of the house, especially around sleeping areas.
In a press release, the American Red Cross also advised people to:
- Check electrical appliances before you leave home
- Do not leave food cooking on the stove
- Blow out candles and put out fires before going to bed
- Do not overload electrical outlets
- Use space heaters with care
For more information, or to learn how to become a Red Cross volunteer, visit www.redcross.org/SC.