Hundreds of smoke detectors will be donated to senior citizens at 11 a.m. Friday at the Pinegrove Senior Center.
The donation is part of a National Fire Prevention Month initiative to improve fire safety among senior citizens, one of the groups most vulnerable to house fires. The donation is being provided by Kidde, a leading manufacturer of fire safety equipment, and was arranged thanks to state Sen. Ted O’Brien, Assemblyman Joe Morelle and the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.
Seniors, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population, but account for 35 percent of all fire deaths, making them 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. Three of every five home fire deaths take place in homes without working smoke detectors.