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Posted on: October 2, 2017

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

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FORT MYERS, FL (October 2, 2017) – On Saturday, Oct.7, the Fort Myers Fire Department will kick off its “Safety Saturday Campaign.”  Each Saturday during the campaign, the Fire Department will visit a community to identify fire safety hazards and install smoke alarms in homes that do not have working alarms. 

Dozens of Fort Myers families in the Brookhill subdivision will soon have safer homes when FMFD representatives visit that neighborhood on Oct. 7.  The Brookhill subdivision includes the following streets: Brookhill Ave., Brookhill Dr., Floral Dr., Gardenia Ave, and Lantana St.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Fort Myers Fire Department at 239-321-7350 to sign up for a visit from the Fire Department and take part in the campaign.

“A fire detector is the best inexpensive insurance to prevent fire tragedies in your home,” explains Chief John Caufield.  “Canvassing events like this help remind folks of the importance of fire safety and of having a working smoke detector. It will help to prevent future tragedies.”

At an August canvassing event, Fort Myers firefighters visited more than 60 homes and installed 45 smoke detectors in the Bowling Green neighborhood.  Many of the homes surveyed had no operational smoke detectors.

In the 31 months between January 2015 and July 2017, the City of Fort Myers 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.

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 will be the third smoke detector canvassing event conducted by the FMFD in 2017. In April, the department also 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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