Cranberry fire department offering free smoke detectors to senior citizens
Monday, December 2, 2019 | 10:56 AM
Residents in Cranberry Township who are 65 or older can get free smoke detectors next week from the volunteer fire department.
The battery-operated smoke detectors will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 9-11 at the municipal building located at 2525 Rochester Road.
The devices will be handed out in council chambers on Monday and Tuesday and in the Bear Run Room on Wednesday.
The free smoke detectors will be given out to seniors in the township who own their own homes. There is a limit of two per household while supplies last.
Cranberry fire officials note that three out of every five fire-related deaths occur in homes without functional smoke alarms.
Senior citizens, who make up 8.5 percent of the township’s population, are among the most vulnerable people in a fire according to data that indicates they are 2.7 times more likely to die in a house fire than the total population, according to township officials.
People 85 and older are 3.8 times more likely to die from fires, officials said.