CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Fire departments around the Lowcountry are highlighting key fire safety tips, in an effort to raise awareness for national fire prevention week.
This year's theme is, "working smoke alarms save lives."
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, fires kill thousands of people in the U.S. each year.
The latest national research shows working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half.
Officials are also encouraging the installation of smoke alarms in every bedroom.
They say to interconnect all alarms throughout the house. This way, when one alarms sound they all do.
Testing alarms every month is important, as well. This can be done by pushing the test button.
Finally, replace smoke alarms when they are 10 years old, or sooner.
"After 10 years, the mechanism on the inside, its life is over with," said Horry County Fire RescueBattalionn Chief Brian VanAernem. "Although it may still sound, it doesn't work. So the chances of it working get less and less. So really you need to replace those if they're over 10 years old."
Fire departments around the Lowcountry will be holding events to encourage fire safety.
October 6th: Parade in Summerville at The Oakbrook 6 pm- 8 pm.
October 9th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm St. Johns Fire Station 3, 1928 Liberia Rd. Wadmalaw Island
October 11th from 4:00 - 8:00 Bi-Lo, 3575 Maybank Hwy Johns Island (Food will be served)