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Red Cross Responds to Six Home Fires in 24 Hours

Fire Safety

CHARLESTON, S.C. January 8, 2014 - The American Red Cross Carolina Lowcountry Chapter has responded to six home fires in the past 24 hours in the tri-county area assisting 22 individuals. Red Cross has responded to 13 home fires in the tri-county area since New Year’s Eve assisting 46 individuals.

“Our hearts go out to those who suffered from these home fires,” said Louise Welch Williams, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Palmetto SC Region. “We are in our peak season for home fires, and we urge everyone to become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home.”

Heating systems are running at full force and people may resort to other sources to keep their homes warm. To avoid fire danger, you should remember the following:

• Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
• If you are using a space heater, place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable at least three feet away – things such as paper, clothing, bedding, curtains or rugs. Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.
• If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
• Use generators correctly – never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage.
• Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.


 It takes an average $1,250 for Red Cross to support a family of four impacted by fire. The Red Cross’ Carolina Lowcountry Chapter needs the support of the community to provide assistance to families impacted by fire. Anyone interested in supporting the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter, can make a financial contribution by visiting www.redcross.org/CarolinaLowcountry, or by calling (843)764-2323.

The Carolina Lowcountry Chapter serves Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper and Beaufort Counties and is part of the Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross.
Because of trained disaster volunteers and financial assistance from the community, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region was able to assist more than 700 families and 2,400 individuals who have been affected by disaster since July 1, 2013.
On average, the American Red Cross Palmetto SC Region responds to a disaster every 6.5 hours.  The Palmetto SC Region is made up of seven Red Cross chapters spanning 35-counties of South Carolina.
 
 About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org