The Red Cross is gearing up for a busy winter in anticipation of a rise in heating-related fires.
More than 700 families displaced by single-family fires received aid from the Red Cross since September and Regional Disaster Officer Tony Reid says that number could climb in the winter months.
“Across the state of South Carolina, we average 8-10 responses during the day during the winter and that can peak as high as 15-20,” said Reid.
The relief organization, who has teams on call 24 hours a day, is now making plans to go door-to-door in Greenville County installing smoke detectors and handing our literature on fire prevention.
67 percent of house fires are caused when people try to heat their homes, according to Greenville Fire Inspector L.C Dendy.