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CCFD: National Fire Prevention Week concludes with Fire Department Open House

By Staff | Oct 5, 2015

This Saturday, Oct. 10, the public is invited to visit any of Cape Coral’s 10 fire stations from 9 a.m. until noon. All of the stations will have tours, the opportunity to meet firefighters, fire engine and equipment displays, fire safety information, and takeaways. There will also be public safety displays and activities at each station. The locations of the stations and the activities at each are as follows:

Station 1, 4610 Coronado Parkway, will be hosting a blood drive.

Station 2, 701 Nicholas Parkway, will have CCPD SWAT and K-9 demonstrations.

Station 3, 1627 Everest Parkway, will have car seat checks and installations.

Station 4, 2007 Santa Barbara Boulevard, will have fingerprinting for kids.

Station 5, 1029 Diplomat Parkway, will host the Florida Forest Service who will be bringing a bulldozer and Smokey Bear.

Station 6, 4540 Chiquita Parkway, will have a LCEMS ambulance on display for visitors to tour.

Station 8, 707 SW 1st Street, will have a LCEMS and a Lee County Mosquito Control helicopter on display for visitors to tour.

Station 9, 4107 Pelican Boulevard, will have an interactive smoke trailer for visitors to experience.

Station 7, 3942 Burnt Store Road N, and Station 10, 3623 Gator Circle West, will have CCFD Open House activities.

The Fire Department Open House is the culminating event for national Fire Prevention Week, October 4-10. During this week the Cape Coral Fire Department is joining forces with the National Fire Protection Association to remind residents about the importance of having working smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Location matters when it comes to your smoke alarm. That’s the message behind this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!” The Cape Coral Fire Department Open House provides residents with an educational, family-oriented opportunity to learn more about the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom.

“In a fire, seconds count,” said Fire Chief Donald Cochran in a prepared statement. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spreads, giving everyone enough time to get out.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign includes the following smoke alarm messages:

*Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.

*Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. This way, when one sounds, they all do.

*Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.

*Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.

*Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound of the smoke alarm and understands what to do when they hear it.

*If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.

*Call the fire department from outside the home.

To find out more about the Cape Coral Fire Department Open House, please visit the department’s facebook page, CapeCoralFD.