On Saturday, April 26, your local Red Cross partnered with area fire departments in the “Right Alarm. Right Location. Right Action.” campaign.
Teams of firefighters and Red Cross volunteers canvassed neighborhoods in West Greenville to check each home for working smoke alarms, help residents develop a fire escape plan and provide additional fire safety information. For homes without working smoke alarms, teams installed 10-year lithium battery smoke alarms for free. Additionally, participating residents received a Red Cross sling backpack containing a refrigerator magnet with emergency contact numbers, a flashlight and other fire prevention information provided through funding from the Daniel-Mickel Foundation. A total of 142 new smoke alarms and 21 new carbon monoxide alarms were installed.
After the event, Greenville’s Vice Mayor Pro Tem, Lillian Brock-Flemming enthused, “It was just one of the greatest community safety events held in the City in a long, long time.”
Since 2008, there have been 46 fires in West Greenville neighborhoods, totaling almost $750,000 in damage and loss. During the same time period, there have been 21 fire-related deaths in Greenville County.
Working fire alarms save lives every day. Without the support of our donors and volunteers, the Red Cross would not be able to provide live-saving services and preparedness events like these.