Red Cross volunteers assist Florence family after house fire

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Disaster-trained volunteers with the American Red Cross are assisting a Florence family whose home on West Sumter Street was damaged by a fire Saturday afternoon.

According to a news release, the Florence County Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross will provide six adults and four children with financial assistance for food clothing and other essentials.

Follow these tips to avoid a house fire:

  • Make and practice an escape plan. If a fire starts you may have just two minutes to escape. Make your plan by clicking here.
  • “Keep an eye on what you fry.” Stay in the kitchen while cooking.
  • Never smoke in bed.
  • Never let children play with matches and lighters, keep them locked away.
  • Plug both large and small appliances directly into wall outlets.
  • “Three feet from the heat.” Furniture, curtains, dish towels and anything that could catch fire must be kept at least three feet from sources of heat.
  • Smoke Alarms:
    • Change smoke alarm batteries every year, unless it has a long-life battery.
    • Replace smoke alarms every then years.
    • Test smoke alarms monthly.
  • Always call 911 from an outside, safe location.

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