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Fire dept. offers free program for senior citizens

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[October 08, 2011]  October is National Fire Prevention Month, and the Lincoln Fire Department is continuing to offer the Remembering When program to assist seniors in maintaining a safe and independent lifestyle for as long as possible.

Nationally each year, approximately 7,000 older adults, age 65 and older, die as a result of home falls, and an additional 1,000 die in their homes from fires or burns. Fifteen percent of the city's population is 65 or older.

The program consists of a home safety survey, which will include conditions of the home environment, the number of smoke alarms, night lights and carbon monoxide alarms that may be present. During the visit, the existing smoke alarm batteries will be replaced, new smoke alarms installed and new night lights as needed. Marcia Cook, community nurse liaison of The Christian Village, will discuss tips on fall and fire prevention.

These services will be provided at no cost. Donations from Lincoln Firefighters Local 3092, Together for Lincoln and grants cover the cost of the supplies.

The Lincoln Fire Department will not call seniors to solicit. Instead, seniors or authorized representatives must request the program. The home visit is scheduled in advance to fit the senior's schedule and usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes.

To participate in the Remembering When program or for more information, contact Marcia Cook at 217-732-2189, or call the Lincoln Fire Department at 217-735-4020 and ask for Jason Van Winkle, fire inspector.

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