The Township of Greater Madawaska

Seniors And Special Needs Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Program

Between the years of 1998 and 2014, 29% of all fatal fires in Ontario involved persons 65+. These statistics show when it comes to fire, adults over age 65 are at greater risk than any other group. As most fire deaths occur in the home, it is important that older people know how to protect themselves.

Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms can greatly increase your chances of surviving a fire in your home. Seniors and disabled traditionally have unique needs when it comes to installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Many live on their own and are cautious to ask for assistance. Our smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program is designed to break down these barriers and ensure that alarms are installed in all residences, especially those of senior and disabled citizens.

If you would like your home reviewed by a member of the Greater Madawaska Fire Department, please contact the Department or the Township Office.

Purpose

The overall purpose of a senior and disabled smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program is to reduce both the frequency and severity of fire and CO incidents in the homes of senior citizens. Through this program the Greater Madawaska Fire Department supports these citizens residing in their own homes that have limited domestic support, to live independently and confidently in their community.

Procedure

Any senior or special needs resident who may require assistance with installing or testing of their smoke or carbon monoxide alarms can contact the Greater Madawaska Fire Department.

A member of the Greater Madawaska Fire Department will handle the query. If the problem cannot be resolved over the phone a site visit will be arranged where the smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarm(s) can be inspected and the appropriate action taken to ensure the alarms are located in the proper location and fully operational.

Free and available to residents of the Township of Greater Madawaska that are at least 65 years of age or have special needs to assist in determining if your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are in good working condition.

If you are or know of anyone who is a senior citizen or a special needs adult and you would like the Greater Madawaska Fire Department to assist in ensuring the smoke and/or carbon monoxide alarms in your /their home are in proper working order and located in the correct locations, please contact the Greater Madawaska Fire Department and arrangements will be made to have a member of the Fire Department visit your home.

This service is free of charge to both seasonal and year round residents of the Township of Greater Madawaska.

  
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