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Seminole County Fire Department Holds Smoke Alarm Blitz and visits more than 350 homes

By DOREEN OVERSTREET, Correspondent | February 14, 2022 | FLORIDA

Story No. 021422119

The Seminole County Fire Department’s Smoke Alarm Team in Seminole County, Fla. recently canvassed a total of 358 houses in Casselberry and installed nearly 40 alarms and 2 hearing impaired devices. The team provided informational materials. The National Fire Protection Association reports that three out of five home fire deaths are with homes without smoke alarms or working smoke alarms.

The smoke alarm installation outreach was part of a nearly $178,000 federal grant from the Fire Prevention & Safety grant funding from the Department of Homeland Security, which was awarded last year to the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners and the Seminole County Fire Department. Last year, the Seminole County Fire Department distributed and installed 3,092 smoke alarms as part of the grant – many in underserved areas and older home neighborhoods in the County. The Department also has 600 free “bed shakers” – smoke alarms for the deaf or hard of hearing.

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