Burn and fire prevention SWAT team descends upon Westchester neighborhood as part of "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" public service

 Burn and fire prevention SWAT team descends upon Westchester neighborhood as
      part of "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" public service outreach program

FPL teamed up with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and the UM/JM Burn Center to conduct
home safety makeovers for approximately 50 local residents

PR Newswire

MIAMI, Oct. 10, 2012

MIAMI, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In partnership with Miami-Dade County,
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and the UM/JM Burn Center at Jackson Memorial
Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, Florida Power & Light Company visited
approximately 50 families in the Westchester neighborhood today to conduct
free safety makeovers, evaluating potential for burns and other electrical and
fire safety hazards.

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The "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" initiative coincided with National Fire
Prevention Week (Oct. 7-13). Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto,
Fire Marshall Chief Arthur L. Holmes, and Dr. Louis Pizano of the UM/JM Burn
Center all joined forces with the FPL team to work with the homeowners to
lessen their risk of burns and fires.

"Safety and savings are cornerstones of our company's commitment to our
customers," said Manny J. Rodriguez, FPL's regional external affairs manager
for Miami-Dade County. "We're thankful for the opportunity to unite with our
partners to raise awareness of the dangers of burns and fires, helping
customers learn how to be safer while saving energy and money at the same

To commemorate the occasion, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Souto has
proclaimed Oct. 10 as "Burn Prevention Day" in the County. According to the
CDC, there are 1.1 million burn injuries every year that require medical
attention, with scalding water being the leading cause of burns.

"This is an excellent opportunity to remind my constituents in District 10, in
fact all residents of Miami-Dade County, to take the necessary precautions to
ensure their homes, inside and out, are safe from electrical and fire
hazards," said Commissioner Souto. "I would like to thank all of the
individuals with FPL, the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and UM/JM Burn Center at
Jackson's Ryder Trauma Center who dedicated their time and services to this
community event."

Twelve teams of "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" volunteers conducted safety
makeovers including adjusting water heater temperatures, checking the safety
of fuse boxes and power outlets, and checking smoke detectors to replace the
equipment or replace batteries. Most of the "Safer Homes, Fewer Burns" work
can be replicated by consumers at home using the following tips:

  oIn the kitchen, ensure the stovetop is clean with no grease or clutter;
    pot handles should be turned towards the back of the stove
  oCheck the condition of all electrical cords and extension cords. If they
    are damaged, cracked, or loose, replace them
  oMake sure any space heaters are at least three feet from anything that can
    catch fire
  oIf you have a fireplace, ensure that the chimney has been inspected or
    cleaned within the last year
  oInstall smoke alarms on every level, inside each bedroom, and outside each
    sleeping area
  oAll your smoke alarms should be newer than 10 years old
  oTest all smoke alarms once a month
  oNever overload electrical outlets
  oCheck your clothes dryer's exhaust to make sure it's not clogged with lint
  oTo avoid hot water scalds, make sure your water heater is set at no higher
    than 120°F. This can also save you money on your electric bill
  oUse only professionals to trim trees near power lines and call 811 two
    full business days before planting or digging to locate underground
    utilities to avoid injury

"The UM/JM Burn Center is experienced in treating numerous types of burns from
extremely severe to mild," said Dr. Louis Pizano, medical director of the
UM/JM Burn Center."However, most of these burns are preventable by fire
proofing your homes and being aware of the proper protocol when handling
boiling water, other hot liquids and objects."

In representing the UM/JM Burn Center, Dr. Louis Pizano was joined by Drs.
Carl Schulman, associate director of the UM/JM Burn Center, and Nicholas
Namias, medical director of the Ryder Trauma Center, along with Don Steigman,
chief operating officer of Jackson Health System, and Alexander Contreras,
chief administrative officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the largest rate-regulated electric utility
in Florida and serves the third largest number of customers of any electric
utility in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.6 million customer
accounts and is a leading Florida employer with approximately 10,000 employees
as of year-end 2011. During the five year period ended December 31, 2011, the
company delivered the best service reliability among Florida investor-owned
utilities, while its typical residential customer bills, based on data
available in December 2011, are about 25 percent below the national average. A
clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of
the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a
subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For
more information, visit www.FPL.com.

SOURCE Florida Power & Light Company

Website: http://www.FPL.com
Contact: Florida Power & Light Co., Media Line: +1-305-552-3888
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