CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In a joint effort, the American Red Cross and Charleston Fire Department went on a blitz through the city of Charleston, testing and installing household smoke alarms.
Teams went door-to-door through the North Central neighborhood, near Upper King Street, meeting with families and helping them create a fire safety plan.
The event came less than two weeks from Thanksgiving, with many expected to spend more time in the kitchen preparing holiday meals.
According to the Lowcountry Chapter of the Red Cross, of the more than 1,200 disasters it responds to annually, most are home fires, with cooking listed as the leading cause.
On average, South Carolina consistently ranks within the top ten states for home fire deaths.