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Fire Prevention Week

10/09/2012 at 6:00am

Max Williams & Lt. Ron MartinFire Prevention Week

The Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District teamed up with the Citizen Emergency Response Team and Semmer Electric to highlight Fire Prevention Week on Monday in Time Square. Shown here are Lt. Ron Martin of the FMBFCD and Max Williams of Semmer Electric. They will also make an appearance on Wednesday at Bonita Bill’s from 9am-3pm.

This year they have a special electrical demonstration panel provided by Semmer Electric demonstrating electrical safety and smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. The interactive display shows how GFCI’s work and has examples of safe outdoor receptacles and properly wired circuit breaker boxes. The panel allows demonstrations on how to reset breakers. The display also has examples of poorly wired electric components with the charred remains a vivid reminder of how quickly bad wiring can turn into a fire.

During Fire Prevention Week, Lt. Ron Martin emphasized that everyone should test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. They come in both battery powered and hard-wired with battery back up, so there’s no excuse to not have a smoke detector. Over 60% of home fire deaths occur in homes without a working fire detector. The National Fire Protection Association urges everyone to have detectors in your home. The NFPA suggests placing one outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. To avoid false alarms, do not place a detector in kitchens, bathrooms or garages because cooking fumes, steam or exhaust can set off the alarm. Replace the battery in each smoke detector on the same day each year-say the end of October, when we turn our clocks back an hour. Replace detectors every 10 years.

If you have any questions about fire prevention, your home’s smoke detectors or electrical safety, call the FMBFCD at 590-4200.