The Sault Ste Marie Fire Services has launched a new program to help seniors who live in their own homes.
“Assisting Seniors Awareness Program” or ASAP, aims to keep seniors educated and safe so they live independently in their own homes for longer. The risk of being injured or killed in a fire increases with age.
Seniors, family members or agencies working with seniors can sign up a senior for this free service.
A Public Education Officer will then set up an appointment to visit the senior’s home. During the hour long visit the office will, check and test fire safety equipment including smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, review potential fire hazards, and discuss and complete a fire escape plan.
The senior will also receive a Project ASAP fire safety gift bag.
The programs allows for the visits to be done annually. Each year an officer will visit with the senior’s home to assess any changes to either the senior of the home. The plan will be updated to reflect any changes in the senior’s physical ability.
If you would like to sign up for the program or know a senior that would benefit from ASAP call Aaron Gravelle at 705-949-3377.