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Florida handing out more than 20k carbon monoxide detectors to those impacted by Hurricane Ian

ORLANDO, Fla. — The state of Florida is doing its part to protect those devastated by Hurricane Ian by making more than 20,000 carbon monoxide detectors available to those impacted by the storm.

On Saturday, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis made the announcement that the detectors will be available to those in Fort Myers and Port Charlotte.

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Last week, the CFO issued a Public Service Announcement on generator safety.

According to a news release to receive a carbon monoxide detector, visit the Initial Payment Center in Fort Myers or Port Charlotte.

“Having a carbon monoxide detector could mean the difference of life and death. We have detectives and fire inspectors working around the clock to get these in the hands of impacted Floridians, but you can also visit one of the Initial Payment Centers in Port Charlotte or Fort Myers to pick one up. These are free to the public, so please take advantage and go get yours today,” Patronis said.

Fire inspectors from the State Fire Marshal’s office and detectives from the Division of Investigative and Forensic Services (DIFS) are also working to hand out carbon monoxide detectors to impacted Floridians.

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“A carbon monoxide detector is your first line of defense against this colorless, odorless, toxic gas. Every home with at least one fuel-burning appliance, attached garage or fireplace should have a carbon monoxide alarm. It is especially important during this time of tragedy where the use of generators and risk of CO poisoning are at an all-time high,” said Florida Professional Firefighters President Bernie Bernoska. “We at FPF applaud the CFO’s efforts to make sure all Floridians understand the importance of a carbon monoxide detector and have access to free detectors to keep their families safe.”

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Initial Payment Center Locations

Disaster Recovery Center

Lakes Regional Library 15290 Bass Road

Fort Myers, FL 33919

Port Charlotte Town Center (Parking Lot)

1441 Tamiami Trail

Port Charlotte, FL 33948

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