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Posted on: October 5, 2018

“Safety Saturday” events continue through October

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FMFD adds Sunday events to reach more communities

FORT MYERS, FL (October 5, 2018) – In honor of National Fire Prevention Week (October 7-13), the Fort Myers Fire Department will install hundreds of smoke alarms during its Safety Saturday campaign. On Saturdays during October, fire officers are visiting a different community to distribute fire safety information and provide training on the use of fire extinguishers. The fire department will continue visiting residential neighborhoods on Sundays to identify fire safety hazards and installing smoke alarms in homes that do not have working alarms.

The schedule of events is as follows:

  • October 6 – complex visit: Gulf Stream Isles Apartments
  • October 7 – installation of smoke alarms in homes previously canvassed and located south of Linhart Avenue, between Nelson Street and Holly Road and north of Hanson Street.
  • October 13 – complex visit: Hawks Landing
  • October 14 – installation of smoke alarms in homes previously canvassed and located south of Rainbow Drive, between Fairview Avenue and Van Buren Street, and north of Edgewood Avenue.
  • October 21 – installation of smoke alarms in homes previously canvassed and located south of Ballard Road between Clotilde Avenue and Michigan Avenue and Zapato Street, and north of Michigan Avenue.
  • October 27 – complex visits: Westchase Apartments at 10:00 a.m. and Bernwood Trace Apartments at 1:00 p.m.
  • October 28 – Installation of smoke alarms in homes previously canvassed and located south of Victoria Avenue between Clifford Street and Euclid Avenue, and north of Lafayette Street.

Safety Saturday events will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue for approximately three hours. Sunday events are expected to begin at 9:00 a.m. and continue for approximately three hours as well.

Residents are encouraged to contact the Fort Myers Fire Department at 239-321-7340 to sign up for a visit from the Fire Department 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.”

In the 36 months between October 2015 and September 2018, the City of Fort Myers experienced 177 residential fires. Only 43% 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.

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

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