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Smoke Alarm Program for Residents 65 Years and Older
NISKAYUNA FIRE DISTRICT No. 1
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SMOKE ALARM INSTALLATION PROGRAM
  • For District Residents who are 65 years and older
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Call 374-8386

The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) was recently awarded $57,238 in grant funding from the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) grant program to conduct an Older Adult Fire Safety Project.

This 12-month project will install 1,640 smoke alarms in six target communities in New York State. Older adults, those aged 65+ years, have a well-documented increased risk for re injury and death due to declining sensory and motor capacities and a low prevalence of working smoke alarms in their homes.

The Older Adult Fire Safety Project will address these risks by increasing the prevalence of working smoke alarms and providing personalized re safety education to every recipient household.

The NYSAFC will partner with communities that have the ability to conduct a smoke alarm installation and fire safety education project, as demonstrated by their previous re safety and re prevention efforts. Target communities will have either a large population of older adults or a high rate of re injury among older adults. The NYSAFC will train the local project partners and fire departments who will subsequently conduct smoke alarm installation activities and, at the same time, assess the home for fire and injury risks and provide re safety education. The comprehensive home re safety education campaign will address topics such as fire prevention, smoke alarm maintenance and sprinkler awareness. Smoke alarms designed for hearing-impaired individuals will be installed, as necessary.

Referral sources for local projects may include the Area Agencies on Aging and other community service agencies that deal with older adults. Project evaluation activities will measure increased re safety knowledge among recipients and determine if the alarms were successful in alerting them to hazardous situations.

Call 374-8386

 
One Niskayuna Circle, Niskayuna, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 386-4500 Fax: (518) 386-4592 | Hours: M-F 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.