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Davie Partners with American Red Cross to Install Smoke Detectors
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Posted on March 6, 2017
Town of Davie Partners with American Red Cross to Install Smoke Detectors

Town of Davie, Florida: On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the Town of Davie partnered with the American Red Cross, Broward County Chapter to install over 360 free lithium ion self-activating smoke detectors in the Orange Park and Western Hills Mobile Home communities. All smoke detectors were donated by the American Red Cross. Town of Davie Mayor Judy Paul said, “It is extremely important for us to educate our residents about the importance of having an operational smoke detector installed in their homes. Fire alarms should be an important piece of equipment in all homes.”

Town of Davie Fire Rescue Department personnel were dispersed throughout the target areas to canvas and approach residents to see if they were interested in having smoke detectors installed in their homes by the volunteers.

The volunteers educated the residents about having an escape plan in the event of a fire, provided them with a fire safety checklist, and hurricane planning information. They also checked existing fire alarms in the homes and replaced old fire alarms with new ones.

District 3 Councilmember Susan Starkey added, “I am thrilled that we were given this amazing opportunity to partner with the American Red Cross. This initiative has taken several months to plan, organize, and implement.” Town of Davie Fire Rescue Chief Julie Downey who played an instrumental role in the implementation of this initiative said, “Having a fire alarm in your home should never be taken for granted; this can be a lifesaving equipment. The safety tips that were taught to the residents are not only recommended by the American Red Cross but also by the National Fire Prevention Association.”

According to the National Fire Prevention Association, properties should have a lithium ion smoke detector installed. The batteries in these detectors last for 10 years. Residents who still have older model smoke detectors are encouraged to change the batteries whenever daylight savings time starts and ends.

The installation of smoke detectors is a nationwide initiative by the American Red Cross to help residents protect themselves from a fire and its effects. A fire can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. Taking a few precautionary measures can reduce the risk of a fire in your home.

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Photo Caption: Volunteers at the Fire Alarm Initiative targeting the Orange Park and Western Hills Communities. Not pictured: Councilmember Caryl Hattan

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Photo Caption: Mayor Judy Paul, Councilmember Susan Starkey and Fire Chief Julie Downey with members of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Not pictured: Councilmember Caryl Hattan

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