Maple Grove Firefighters to help seniors test smoke alarms, replace batteries

The Maple Grove Fire-Rescue Department is hoping to reach Maple Grove seniors who are homebound, have limited mobility, are ill, or family members caring for aging family member who may need assistance caring for their smoke alarm.

Firefighters would like to make complimentary visits to their homes to test, clean and change the batteries in smoke detectors. With a grant  from Energizer, Maple Grove Fire-Rescue will provide new batteries free of charge to these residents while supplies last,

The Fire Department is focusing on seniors with special needs because adults age 65 and older are twice as likely to die in a fire as any other age group, and the death rate for those 85 years and older is four times the national average.

Firefighters are also targeting mobility restricted residents because they, too, are at high risk in a fire emergency.

To learn more about this program or to schedule a complimentary home visit, call Deputy Fire Marshal Marilyn Arnlund at 763-494-6091.