Smoke alarm program ongoing this April

GLOVERSVILLE — Firefighters from the Johnstown, Gloversville and Berkshire Fire departments are partnering with the New York State Fire Chiefs Association as a part of their Smoke Alarm Installation Project.

This is part of a grant awarded from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program where more than 2,500 smoke alarms will be installed across New York, according to a news release.

Older adults have a well-documented increased risk for fire injury and death due to declining sensory and motor capacities and a low prevalence of working smoke alarm in their homes. Individuals who are deaf or hearing-impaired are also at risk for fire injury because they often can not hear the standard smoke alarm alerting them of danger.

The Smoke Alarm Installation Project will address fire injury risks by increasing the prevalence of working smoke alarms and providing personalized fire safety education to every recipient household.

“We have had great success and participation in Fulton County. Since we started in January, between Johnstown, Gloversville and Berkshire Fire Departments, we have installed approximately 300 smoke detectors into home of residents age 65 or over. Along with the installation of the detectors, we also provide education and information on fire safety for participants which includes, heating, cooking, smoking, and electrical safety, carbon monoxide alarms and escape planning, plus answer any questions they may have”, said Deb Finkle, project coordinator.

The smoke alarms that will be installed through this project will have a long-life battery in a sealed battery compartment and will meet the state requirements.

Every household, either owned or rented, with a resident living there age 65 or older is eligible.

All smoke alarms and the safety material is free, and there are no fees or charges associated with this program. The safety of every older adult in our community is priority. For those who may be deaf or hearing impaired, the state Association of Fire Chiefs also has the special smoke alarms that incorporate strobe lights and/or shaker pads and these alarms will be distributed through program also as needed, the news release stated.

“Fire can grow and spread through a home in a matter of minutes, that’s why the advance warning provided by smoke alarms can be essential to savings lives,” the release states.

The program is set to end on April 30.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Finkle at (518) 857-6708, the news release stated.