Delray Fire Rescue will install free smoke detectors in low-income neighborhood

Delray Beach Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Capt. Kevin Saxton (left), receives a $1,500 grant check from FM Global s Keith Camara.  FM Global is a commercial property insurer. The award will be used to purchase smoke detectors to be installed free of charge in homes throughout the community.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Capt. Kevin Saxton (left), receives a $1,500 grant check from FM Global s Keith Camara in April 2015. FM Global is a commercial property insurer. The award was used to purchase smoke detectors to be installed free of charge in homes throughout the community.

DELRAY BEACH — The city’s Fire Rescue Department is partnering with American Red Cross to provide local homes with free smoke detectors on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Firefighters, along with volunteers from Red Cross, will go door-to-door in the Carver Estates neighborhood, a low-income public housing complex, and install the smoke detectors between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., according to the department.

“Installing smoke detectors is part of (Delray Beach Fire Rescue’s) fire safety plan and is consistent with the day-to-day operation of the Fire Safety Division,” said Kevin Saxton, the department’s spokesman, in a statement.

It’s also part of Red Cross’ Home Fire Preparedness Campaign, a national push to prevent home fires through smoke detector installation.

In April 2015, the fire department received a $1,500 grant to purchase smoke detectors for the free installation program. Any Delray Beach resident can have their home assessed by the department to see if they qualify for a free smoke detector.

To ask about an evaluation, call the Fire Rescue Department at 561-243-7400.

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