Bradenton, FL — Blake Medical Center donated smoke detectors to the city of Bradenton Fire Department today to help with the department's ongoing fire prevention and safety initiatives. Following two home fires in Bradenton this week, the Bradenton Fire Department depleted most of its smoke detector inventory during neighborhood canvasing efforts.

"Smoke alarms save lives and give everyone the opportunity to execute fire escape plans." said Teri Pierson, Fire Inspector/Investigator, CFEI, City of Bradenton Fire Department, "After a residential fire, we canvas a 1 block radius and offer free home safety inspections to residents, including checking smoke detectors and their batteries. If needed, we can help install detectors and ensure homes are up to code."

Team members from the Burn Center at Blake Medical Center have assisted the City of Bradenton Fire Department with the free home safety inspection program in the past by volunteering to help install needed smoke alarms; an initiative that supports the hospital Burn Center's commitment to ongoing burn and fire safety and prevention efforts.