Pawling Senior Safety Initiative – Keeping our Seniors Safe at Home!
Concept: The Pawling Fire Department Public Education Committee has identified the population over age 65 as a “high risk” segment of our community. Nationwide, over 50% of Fire and EMS calls involve people in this age group. We have identified several areas where a little bit of effort and education on our part can have a major impact on our seniors being able to live more safely in their homes. Specific areas that we will address are:
– Fire safety and burn prevention
– Fall prevention
– Availability of medical information in the event of a medical emergency
– Emergency preparedness
What we will do:
1) Offer a free basic “home safety inspection” and provide a comprehensive home inspection guide and safety literature to each participant.
2) Offer and install, as requested, free smoke detector, Carbon Monoxide detector and long life batteries.
3) Distribute “File of Life” and other educational and preparedness materials.
4) Our program will be split into two components:
a. Those who need our services at no or reduced cost.
b. Those who can afford to (or wish to) pay all or part of the cost of the smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector and/or batteries.
Our program will be open to all residents with an income qualification for the free detectors and/or batteries. We have received a grant from the John T. Sloper Community Fund of the Foundation of Dutchess County that will cover free materials, ‘File of Life’, detectors and/or batteries to at least 100 residences.
How can we help you?
– Are you, or do you know, a senior citizen (over 65) resident of Pawling?
– Give us a call at 845-242-1541 and leave your name, phone and that you would like to participate in the Senior Safety program. OR
– If you have internet access, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you’d like to participate. Include your name and phone #.
– We’ll get back to you as soon as possible to arrange an on-site visit.