Different Non-Profits and Other Entities Will Team Up to Install Smoke Alarms in Elderly Homes

HASTINGS – The South Heartland District Health Department, the Hastings YMCA, the Good Samaritan Society, and Hastings Fire and Rescue, will be teaming up tomorrow to install smoke alarms in the homes of elderly people in Adams County.

They will be meeting at Highland Park Fire Department behind the Hastings Museum at 8am to do training and then the volunteers will go out to different houses and install smoke alarms until noon.

Courntey Peeler, the Community Relations Director with the Good Samaritan Society, says that they are doing this to try and keep those folks in their homes. 

The health department will also be sending out people in each of our teams that will help asses fall prevention pieces, so whether rugs or tripping hazards that we want to educate people on. Do they need grab bars? Those other things that make the home as safe as possible, and that’s why we’ve partnered with the various entities, because they each have a specialty and expertise so we can be as strong as possible as we visit with our neighbors.

The American Red Cross will continue to do this year round and they’ll supply the smoke alarms and the Good Samaritan Society will be providing Carbon Monoxide alarms.

They still could use some volunteers to help out. If you want to volunteer you can call 402-460-3234 for more information.

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