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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater Highlights Fire Prevention Week


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Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 – 2842
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As part of National Fire Prevention Week, from October 9–15, CFO and State Fire Marshal Jeff Atwater reminds Floridians to check their smoke alarms to ensure that they are working properly and are not older than their ten-year life span. The 2016 Fire Prevention Week theme is “Don’t wait—Check the Date!” and it represents the last year of a three-year series focused on ensuring that all American households have working smoke alarms that are checked monthly. To mark the occasion, CFO Atwater presented a resolution signed by the Governor and Cabinet to fire service leaders at the site of the Fallen Firefighter memorial located on the state Capitol grounds.
“Smoke alarms are proven to save lives, but they can’t help if the batteries are dead or if the machine isn’t working properly because it has outlived its life span,” said CFO and State Fire Marshal Atwater. “We’re focused this week—and year-round—on ensuring that all Florida families have smoke alarms in their homes and that they understand the importance of testing them.”
Firefighters across Florida responded to more than 50,000 fires during 2015, which translates roughly to one fire every 11 minutes. Nearly $700 million in property damage occurred that year, and 215 individuals lost their lives. Within the home is where Floridians are at greatest risk from fire, and studies show that most home fires occur between the hours of 11:00pm and 7:00am when most people are asleep.
Florida’s first responders are committed to reducing the occurrence of home fires and home-fire injuries through education and prevention. The simplest way for a family to increase their safety from fire is by having working smoke alarms in common areas and outside of all bedrooms.
To learn more about Fire Prevention Week, visit
Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).