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Fire Safety Tips from Horry County Fire Rescue: Fire is Fast

Horry County, South Carolina - Did you know, in less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire? Your risk of injury or death in a home fire changes with age. If you have young children or older adults living in your home, they may need your help to stay safe. Here are some important ways to keep your home and your loved ones safe from fire.

Fire Safety If You Smoke

  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths for adults 65 and over. It is also the third leading cause of fire injuries for older adults
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Never smoke in bed, while drowsy, or while under the influence of medication or alcohol.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Before you throw out your cigarette butts and ashes, make sure they are completely cool. Put them in water or a can that is filled with sand.
  • Check furniture and places where people smoke for smoldering cigarette butts and ashes—especially before going to bed.
  • Never smoke where medical oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.
  • Keep smoking materials, including lighters and cigarettes, up high and out of the reach of children. Use child safety locks where you store your smoking materials.

Fire Safe Cooking

Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in America. Many older adults also experience burn-related injuries during cooking. Prevent fires and burns by being watchful and alert when you cook.

  • Don’t cook if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from anything that can catch fire.
  • Never lean over a lit burner.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves while cooking. Loose clothing can catch fire if it touches a gas flame or an electric burner.
  • Check the kitchen after you finish cooking. Make sure the oven, burners, and other appliances are off.
  • If a fire starts, stay calm and get out. Once out, call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s telephone. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your house where first responders can see you.

Practice Electrical Safety

Older homes are more likely to catch fire from electrical causes than newer homes. Older wiring may not have the capacity to safely handle newer appliances and equipment and may not have updated safety features.

  • Electrical work should only be done by a licensed electrician.
  • Check all electrical appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical cords.
  • Replace outlets if plugs do not fit snugly or the outlet does not accept plugs with one blade larger than the other.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
  • Plug only one high-wattage appliance into an outlet at a time, even if the outlet has space for two plugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords. Have a licensed electrician determine if additional outlets are needed.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous situation occurs. Have a licensed electrician install them in your home.
  • Find reasons for blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers. Have a licensed electrician inspect and correct the problem.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or light fixture.

Every year in America nearly 3,000 people die in home fires. Many of these people die in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms warn you and your family when there is a fire. They can save your life!

As always, if there is a fire emergency, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and remain outdoors. Never return inside a burning building to retrieve an item.



Horry County to Postpone Applications for HUD Funding

Conway, South Carolina-Horry County will seek applicants for funding early this spring.  HUD funding allocations have not been issued for the upcoming program year and the availability of future funding is uncertain; therefore, Horry County will postpone the HUD-funded program solicitation process for 2019-2020. Horry County will not be accepting applications for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), or HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding at this time.

Horry County will reopen the application process at a future date and does not anticipate programmatic changes. Questions will be addressed as a part of the application process upon re-initiation. Any organization desiring to be included in the distribution of the notice of funding availability should send an email request with their name and organization. Applications will also be posted on the Horry County Community Development website upon the announcement of the funding round.    

Please continue to visit Horry County Community Development for the latest information and resources.



Horry County Government Weekly Update for January 14-18, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases, and road construction for the week of January 14-18, 2019.

Revised Update 01.14.19 (Board of Fee Appeals)



Horry County Government Weekly Update for January 7-11, 2019

Click HERE for Horry County Government's meetings, agendas, releases, and road construction for the week of January 7-11, 2019.



Horry County Animal Care Center To Hold Pet Vaccination Clinic

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Animal Care Center will hold a vaccination clinic, January 15, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the animal shelter located at 1923 Industrial Park Road in Conway.  The Clinic will offer the following services:

  • Distemper/Parvo                     $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Bordatella                               $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine)
  • Rabies                                     $10--must be at least 4-months old (canine & feline)
  • Microchip                                $15--must be at least 8-weeks old (canine & feline)
  • Rhinotracheitis/Calici              $10--must be at least 8-weeks old (feline)

Dogs and cats are both welcome; dogs must be on a hand-held leash and cats must be in a pet carrier.

The Animal Care Center also holds low-cost spay/neuter clinics.  These clinics are open to all residents of Horry County for pet dogs and cats. The cost for cats is $50 ($20 for residents receiving government assistance) and dogs are just $80 ($40 for residents receiving government assistance).  Contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172 for more information or to have your pet spayed/neutered.

To help animals find loving homes, the Animal Care Center will offer discounted adoptions the first Friday and Saturday of each month. Adoption fees are discounted and typically include spaying/neutering, vaccines, heartworm or leukemia testing, heartworm and flea preventative, intestinal parasite treatment and microchipping. Qualifying new pet parents also get 30-days free pet health insurance and coupons from local pet businesses. 

To view the animals currently available for adoption or for more information on the monthly vaccination or spay/neuter clinics, contact the Horry County Animal Care Center at 843-915-5172, follow us on Facebook, or visit our website.



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