Orange County Fire Rescue to Distribute, Install Free Smoke Alarms in Local Neighborhood This Saturday

WHO: Orange County Fire Rescue Department (OCFRD) will canvas the Gulfstream Harbor Community on Saturday, July 21, 2018 going door-to-door to ensure residents have working smoke alarms in what is commonly referred to as a “smoke alarm blitz.” The community selected was chosen as one with a large population of seniors. Seniors and children can be particularly vulnerable during a house fire.

WHAT: Offered throughout the year, a smoke alarm blitz helps increase awareness about the life-saving benefits of working smoke alarms and provides firefighters with an opportunity to serve the citizens of their communities. Orange County Fire Rescue is a huge proponent of prevention, with a dedicated team whose efforts are strictly aimed at saving lives through education and outreach, especially for at-risk populations, such as children or seniors. While Saturday’s efforts are focused on seniors living in the community, OCFRD believes that every home should be equipped with a working smoke alarm – which is tested annually.

“In the wake of tragedy, Orange County Fire Rescue received numerous requests to provide and help install smoke alarms for residents,” said Orange County Fire Rescue’s Assistant Fire Marshal Inez Pressler. “This is a service that we are pleased to offer. We do what we can to make sure resources are allocated for those in the community who might otherwise go without. Events like this increase the likeliness everyone makes it out of a house fire safely.”

WHEN: Saturday,  July 21, 2018

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

WHERE: Gulfstream Harbor Community

4505 Old Goldenrod Road Orlando, FL 32822

BROLL: Media are welcome to join firefighters throughout the blitz.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its citizens and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, the nation’s second-largest convention center, and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners including the Mayor who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit www.OCFL.net or go to the Orange County Facebook and Twitter pages.

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