Tuesday, February 9, 2016

From The Fire House To Your House - Keeping Our Seniors Safe

By: Master Firefighter Amy Dant

This past Friday, Firefighter Roger Marks and I were privileged to serve the senior citizens of our community by conducting safety inspections in their homes. Firefighter Marks and I focused on key areas of concern such as whether the home had working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors as well as looking to see if there were any fall hazards or areas in the home that posed a threat to their safety.

Topics such as fire safety, exit plans in the home and medical emergency preparedness were discussed with each resident to ensure that they were comfortable and able to implement those tools when and if it was necessary to do so. As a result of Friday's visits, almost half a dozen smoke alarms were installed in homes that needed them and those residents were given the tools to be confident and able to handle a situation if one arises.

Friday we were able to ensure the safety of several residents, and for us that's a huge win! Fire and injury prevention is the most important tool that we in MCFRS use to prevent tragedy. If you need assistance and would like a safety evaluation, please go on line to our Home Safety Evaluation page or, feel free to contact our community outreach section Senior Fire Safety hotline at 240-777-2430 to set one up.

Keeping Our Seniors Safe

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