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Having working smoke alarms can cut the risk of death by half. Renting or owning, all residences should have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level. Keep smoke alarms at least 10 feet away from the stove to reduce false alarms. All smoke alarms should be tested at least once a month and replaced when they are 10 years old.

To request a visit from our a Smoke Alarm Outreach team member, please complete the below form. After submitting the form, you will be contacted to confirm which service you are requesting and to the date and time of the visit. 

*Please note, all of our Smoke Alarm Outreach team members are trained, fingerprinted, and cleared through a background screening.

Smoke Alarm Outreach Program

Through a partnership with the Cape Coral Fire Department Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, the Cape Coral Fire Department is proud to offer a free smoke alarm program for homes located in the Cape Coral service area. When at the home, Smoke Alarm Outreach team members will test any pre-existing smoke alarms, change batteries in working smoke alarms, and install new 10-year battery smoke alarms to ensure your home is adequately covered. Carbon monoxide alarms are also available for those who request it. Team members can also provide fire and life safety information.

Hard-wired Smoke Alarms: This program does not include replacing hard-wired smoke alarms (hard-wired means a set of wires come out of the smoke alarm and connect to electrical wiring in the home). Team members will test the alarms and replace the batteries as needed. If a hard-wired smoke alarm needs to be replaced, this is the responsibility of the homeowner, who may need to contact a licensed electrician.

RENTERS: According to Florida State Statute 83.51 subsection 2, paragraph B, “Unless otherwise agreed in writing, at the commencement of the tenancy of a single-family home or duplex, the landlord shall install working smoke detection devices.” In other words, the landlord is responsible for ensuring working smoke alarms are installed in rental units before occupants move in, unless it is otherwise agreed in writing. And you should NEVER agree to not having smoke alarms installed.

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