In conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week – October 8-14 – the Malden Fire Department will implement a program to assist senior citizens with protecting their personal safety and the homes they live in. The Fire Department is offering free smoke detector inspections and installations for senior citizens in the community.
Statistically, adults aged 65 years and older are twice as likely to be killed or injured in a fire, compared to the population at large. The percentages of those risks continue to rise with the increase in age. Flame burn injuries were the leading cause of burn injuries to older adults. Many homes do not have enough smoke detectors or might have detectors that are not operating or are defective. It is important that senior citizens do everything in their power to prevent fires.
To qualify for the program, residents must be 65 years of age or older and the home must be owner occupied and be a one- or two-family residence. Please contact the Fire Prevention Office at 781-397-7383 Ext. 2107 to schedule an appointment.