CARYVILLE – The Town of Caryville is helping better ensure fire safety for its residents by offering free smoke detectors.

The effort, going on now in recognition of fire prevention month, is funded through an American Red Cross program and sponsored by the Worm Fiddlin' Festival. Almost 200 smoke detectors will be delivered and installed to town residents.

"We can provide up to three smoke detectors per home, and if we run out, we can request more," said Town Council Chairman David Hanes. "This is just a small effort to help keep our residents safe."

Residents may request a smoke detector by calling Town Hall at 850-548-5571.

The town is also seeking state funding to make improvements at Sellers Park, located near Sessions Avenue and St. Mary's Road. David Fox of Fred Fox Enterprises addressed council members when they met in regular session Tuesday regarding the improvements. The council green-lighted a request by Fox to apply for a Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grant for the 2017-18 fiscal year to fund the project. Fox also discussed applying for a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to be used for neighborhood revitalization.

Caryville Town Council will meet again in regular session at 6 p.m. on November 10.