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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