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Smoke Detector Program
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The Charlotte County Fire/EMS Smoke Detector Program is available to all residents. Firefighters are able to assist residents with: 
Checking smoke detectors to identify if the detector are in working order. Replace 9 volt batteries in existing, in date, working smoke detectors. Assist residents with the installation of a non-electric, 10 year non removable, non-replaceable battery only operated smoke detector, provided by the resident. Educate residents on the proper care of smoke detectors and provide fire safety and fire extinguisher information.
Smoke detector appointments are scheduled through Fire & EMS Headquarters,  Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by residents calling 941.833.5600. 
To schedule an appointment the following information is needed:
Name Address Telephone number Number of smoke detectors in the home If the home has high ceilings, (over 8 feet) Is a morning or afternoon appointment more convenient
Simon the Talking Smoke Detector
The Simon the Talking Smoke Detector Public Awareness Program was was designed to help children in our community that may have difficulty in waking up in a fire or smoke emergency.
Many children do not wake up in a fire emergency from the alarm sounds of a smoke detector. Precious time can be wasted and serious injury or even death can occur. Research shows that a child’s brain responds better to a familiar sound or voice while a child is sleeping. There is a solution to this problem.
Smoke detector with voice recorders are available in many retail stores. These detectors allow an adult to record their voice into the smoke detector. In an emergency, when the smoke detector alarm sounds, the adult’s familiar voice is more likely to be heard by the child. The adult’s personalized message provides instructions for children on what to do in a fire or smoke emergency.
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