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Posted on: August 11, 2017

Fort Myers Fire Department Goes Door-to-Door to Install Smoke Detectors

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FORT MYERS, FL (August 11, 2017) – Dozens of Fort Myers families now have safer homes, thanks to the Fort Myers Fire Department.  On August 10, Fort Myers firefighters visited residents in the Bowling Green neighborhood to identify homes without smoke detectors and install the life-saving devices.

“This neighborhood experienced a fire tragedy just two days ago,” explains Chief John Caufield.  “We are trying to reduce the potential for another preventable tragedy in this community.”

At Thursday’s neighborhood canvassing event, Fort Myers firefighters visited more than 60 homes and installed 45 smoke detectors.  On Cambridge Ct., the site of this week’s fatal fire, only one home had a functioning detector.

Since January 2015, the City of Fort Myers has experienced 150 residential fires. Only 36% of those homes had working smoke detectors installed. Nationwide, nearly two-thirds of all home fire deaths occur in properties without working smoke alarms. Having a functioning smoke alarm in your home cuts your risk of dying in a home fire in half.

“We want people to stay safe,” says Chief Caufield. “A smoke detector is the best inexpensive insurance you can have to prevent a fire tragedy in your home.”

The Fort Myers Fire Department offers other fire safety tips:

  • Test your smoke detectors monthly.  Dead or missing batteries are the leading reason that smoke alarms fail to operate.
  • Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of a residence, and should be located in or near every sleeping area.
  • Sleep with your bedroom door closed. A closed door will provide valuable protection in case of an overnight fire in another part of your home. 
  • Do not leave your kitchen unattended when you are cooking. About 50% of home fires in Fort Myers start in the kitchen.
  • Have an exit plan for yourself and your family in case of a home fire.

This was the second smoke detector canvassing event conducted by the FMFD in 2017. In April, the department collaborated with the American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in the Love Joy Park neighborhood.

For more information about fire safety, please contact Fire Marshal Jennifer Campbell at (239) 321-7350.

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