Windsor Firefighters Provide Safety Check for Local Seniors

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Windsor firefighters and VON Windsor-Essex are teaming up to provide 'safety checks' as part of the Meals on Wheels program.

They are visiting 115 homes on Wednesday while firefighters check to see if the clients have working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

This is the 16th year for the partnership.

In the past six years, they have visited 155 homes where seniors didn't have a working smoke alarm.

Regional Manager for Fund Development for VON Canada Remy Boulbol says for some seniors, they simply can't change the batteries.

"It is an issue of safety so sometimes it takes a ladder to get up, falls are the number one reason for hospitalization for seniors over 65," says Boulbol.   "There was a guy we were with last year who was 97 years old, he was a World War 2 vet and was just not able to reach it. That was the only thing, he said I can't get up there and I can't get on that step stool and I can't reach it."

About 90% of the homes are compliant, but for those 10% that are not, Chief Fire Prevention Officer John Lee says the visit can save a life.

"We have changed the alarms for them, if they are outdated or not functioning, we have added batteries, we have suggested to them to contact their families to get working carbon monoxide alarms in their homes if they are required."

Fire Prevention Week runs from October 6th-12th with a theme of 'Not every hero wears a cape. PLAN and PRACTICE your ESCAPE."