Plymouth Fire Department Helps Seniors Stay Safe
Seniors and young children are most likely to be injured or lose their lives in a residential fire. If you are a senior or know of a resident who may need help changing the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, call the Plymouth Fire Department. Firefighters will make a complimentary “Smokebuster” visit to your home.
“At our visit, we’ll help test, clean, and replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Firefighters will also help seniors develop a fire escape plan and address fire risks in homes,” said Fire Chief Richard C. Kline. “We specifically want to service detectors that are in inaccessible areas such as lofts or vaulted ceilings. All seniors need to do is provide one new nine-volt battery for each smoke and carbon monoxide detector that they have.”
No matter what age residents are, the Plymouth Fire Department recommends that they test their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors once a month, change their batteries twice a year, and have their furnaces, fireplaces, and fuel burning appliances professionally inspected each year.
How does Smokebusters for Seniors work?
Seniors can schedule an appointment with the Fire Department from Monday through Saturday. Morning, afternoon and evening appointments are available.
How long does a Smokebuster visit take?
Generally, each visit takes less than 20 minutes.
What does the program cost?
Smokebusters is free. Seniors are asked to purchase one nine-volt battery for each smoke and carbon monoxide detector that they have. Plymouth’s Batteries Plus Store, 4404 Nathan Ln., provides nine-volt lithium batteries to Smokebuster participants at a discounted price. These batteries have a 7-8 year shelf life.
Who do you call to schedule a visit?
Call Sara Lynn Cwayna at 763-509-5198 to schedule a visit.