American Red Cross officials say a new home fire safety campaign which began this week in Laurel has already been a success.
It involved Red Cross volunteers and Laurel firefighters going door-to-door Saturday morning in several neighborhoods to hand out safety information and check for smoke detectors. And it's part of a national Red Cross program to reduce the number of home fire deaths and injuries.
After canvassing the neighborhoods, the volunteers and firemen met at Laurel's Central Fire Station to assess the community fire safety needs.
"It went great today, we were able to reach 140 homes," said Lattrice Averette, branch office coordinator for the East Central Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross. "We have 40 homes we're going to be returning to to give back smoke detectors, and then we're going to be returning to some of those homes out of the 140 that needed batteries. A lot of people needed those batteries, so we'll be going back to do that next weekend as well," she said.
About one dozen people took part in that volunteer effort Saturday morning.