Horry County Fire Rescue kicked off its smoke alarm replacement program Friday morning in the Myrtle Trace community.
Firefighters told residents that their smoke alarms were past the 10-year life expectancy. Residents purchased their own alarms, but HCFR helped with the installation.
Homeowner Steve Sands contacted other people in the neighborhood and asked them to join him in the replacement program. Sands said he is proud of what it's accomplishing. "A lot of people here are not going to die in the middle of the night if they have a fire, where they could have if the smoke detectors did not work," said Sands.
There are approximately 390 alarms in more than 120 homes in Myrtle Trace. HCFR plans on having all of the alarms replaced by November 27th.
For more information on the program, call 843.915.5190.