FORT MYERS, FL (March 13, 2017) – The Fort Myers Fire Department is coordinating with the local American Red Cross to educate residents and make our community safer from fire danger. The Fire Department, Red Cross and community volunteers will install free smoke alarms in homes that need them and teach people about what they can do now to be prepared should a fire break out in their home.
The event begins on April 5th, when Red Cross volunteers along with City staff will canvass the Love Joy Park neighborhood in Fort Myers to identify homes that have non-working or non-existent smoke alarms. Residents will have the opportunity to sign up for the installation event to be held on April 19.
This year’s target area is bordered by Edison Avenue and Canal Street on the north and south, and Royal Palm Avenue and Grand Avenue on the east and west. The neighborhood was selected because it was has a dense population of single-family homes in the City.
“Programs like this give the Fire Department an opportunity to be out in the community, with the Red Cross, educating our residents on fire safety in the home and providing them with lifesaving smoke alarms,” explains Fort Myers Fire Marshal Jennifer Campbell.
According to the Red Cross, home fires kill more Americans each year than every other natural disaster combined.
The Home Fire Campaign was initiated by the American Red Cross in October of 2014. Over the past 27 months, the campaign has made 276,463 homes safer and has installed 656,333 smoke alarms across the nation. The Red Cross notes that, in that time, the program has saved 159 lives.
This will be the second time that the Home Fire Campaign has visited the City of Fort Myers. Last year’s event was held in the Barden Subdivision neighborhood where more than 60 new smoke detectors were installed in homes throughout the community.
For more information, please contact Fire Marshal Jennifer Campbell at (239) 321-7350.