Mature adults 65 and older are three times more likely to die in a house fire than younger adults. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of serious consequences by fire in half. The St. Charles Fire Department is partnering with the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance to increase senior safety by providing smoke detectors in homes of older adults living within the City of St. Charles.
In addition to free smoke detectors, the St. Charles Fire Department also is offering these services to City of St. Charles seniors:
- Home Safety Check - This quick overview of the residence will address life-safety education, such as fire safety, kitchen safety, falls, etc.
- Vial of Life Program – This program assists the fire department during emergency medical calls by having a pre-determined location for vital patient information in the event the patient is incapacitated.
“These safety services are geared specifically towards the older adult population and are easy to implement,” said Fire Chief Scott Swanson. “If you or someone you know is 65 years of age or older and lives in the City of St. Charles, I encourage you to take advantage of this important program.”
Contact the St. Charles Fire Department at 630.377.4458 to find out more or schedule an appointment. A sign-up table also will be available at the annual Fire Department Open House on Oct. 15, from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m., at Fire Station #1, 112 N. Riverside Ave.