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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Safety Saturday events continue through October

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FORT MYERS, FL (Oct. 4, 2019) – In honor of National Fire Prevention Week October 6-12, the Fort Myers Fire Department will install hundreds of smoke alarms during its Safety Saturday campaign. On Saturdays during October, firefighters and other department personnel are visiting a different community each week to distribute fire safety information and provide training on the use of fire extinguishers. FMFD will continue visiting residential neighborhoods on Saturdays to identify fire safety hazards and to install smoke alarms in homes that do not have working alarms.

Safety Saturday events begin at 9 a.m. and continue for approximately three hours. The schedule for this Saturday is as follows:

• October 5 – The neighborhood south of Palm Beach Boulevard between Prospect Avenue and Oleander Avenue will be the first neighborhood where FMFD will perform smoke detector installations and provide education on the prevention of cooking fires and keeping the bedroom doors closed to save lives during a fire.

Residents are encouraged to contact FMFD at (239) 321-7340 to sign up and take part in the campaign. “Smoke alarms provide lifesaving seconds in case of a structure fire,” explains Chief John Caufield. “Our Safety Saturday events are helping to remind folks of the importance of fire safety and of having a working smoke detector.

Between January 2018 and October of 2019, the City of Fort Myers experienced 95 residential fires. Only 46 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 the risk of dying in a home fire in half.

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