Grant Allows Watertown Fire Department to Give Seniors Smoke Detectors

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With funds from the Senior SAFE Grant the Watertown Fire Department was able to conduct a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installation program for seniors, said Watertown Fire Capt. Ryan Nicholson.

“Seniors are one of our most at risk populations with regards to fire deaths across the state. Smoke alarms provide early warning during a fire when seconds count,” Nicholson said.

This year our program was able to install 48 smoke alarms and 41 carbon monoxide alarms in 20 elderly resident’s homes, Nicholson said. In addition, each resident was provided a fire extinguisher and an opportunity to voice their questions and concerns with regards to fire safety in the home.

We have applied for, and hope to receive, the Senior SAFE Grant for the next calendar year.

“There is currently a waitlist of seniors who are interested in the program and I urge other residents over 65 years old to call 617-972-6513 to get their names on this list for the next round of home visits,” Nicholson said.

The safety of our citizens is a top priority of the Watertown Fire Department.

“All residents should be reminded that working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are proven life savers, and as we changed our clocks this past weekend we should have changed the batteries in our smoke and CO alarms,” Nicholson said. “Alarms should be tested monthly to confirm their operation.”

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