Back in May, the Town of Fort Myers Beach suffered its first death as result of a house fire in 35 years, and the Fort Myers Beach Fire Control District is now going to offer classes aimed at informing the residents of the Town about the basics of preventing and escaping fires at their residences.
The District held a preview of the class this past Monday, October 5, where they showed a presentation on the basics of safety at home, including regular fire drills, being aware of flammable chemicals and materials stored around the house, how to dispose of this hazardous material, not leaving pots unattended while they are being used, general electric cord safety, and testing batteries on smoke alarms. However basic, though, these are steps often overlooked by people in their everyday lives.
There will also be a demonstration/participation aspect to the classes, including having attendees use a fire extinguisher to put out a controlled fire. However, rainy weather prevented a demonstration on the day of the preview class.
Spoiler: the roof is not a viable escape point, as the District doesn’t have ladders long enough to reach the tops of many of the buildings on the beach, and thermal updrafts caused by the fire make helicopter rescues untenable.
By Trent Townsend