TAVERNIER -- The Tavernier Community Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, at the Tavernier Volunteer Fire Station, 151 Marine Ave.

Margaret Blank, general manager of the Key Largo Wastewater Treatment District, will provide an update on the installation of the Islamorada sewer pipeline, address other relative issues and be available to take questions. The meeting is open to the public.

The association is organized to represent the needs and desires of the Tavernier community. For more information, contact Richard Barreto, TCA president, at (305) 335-6434 or at BarretoR@bellsouth.net.

Fire safety outreach

KEY LARGO -- Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department has launched a public outreach program that will provide residents with smoke alarms and home safety visits upon request.

The alarms and installation services provided by on-duty firefighting personnel are free of charge.

The department recently received a grant from the "Focus on Fire Prevention Foundation in Florida", a non-profit organization that helps volunteer fire departments by providing support in the delivery of fire prevention programs in rural and suburban communities.

On-duty, trained personnel will conduct on-site visits to help homeowners determine their smoke alarm needs, provide fire safety and prevention education and materials, and install appropriate smoke alarms. Smoke alarms for cooking areas (ionization alarms), sleeping areas (photoelectrical alarms) and special alarms for the visual and/or hearing impaired resident will be available. Instruction on care and use of the alarms will be provided.

The department also will be setting up displays at local shopping centers, the library and other areas to sign residents up for the free fire alarm service. Neighborhood campaigns are also being planned.

Any resident in need of smoke alarms for a Key Largo home should contact the Key Largo Volunteer Fire Department at 451-2700 or at info@keylargofire.com.