Wednesday, March 7, 2018



Hein unveils fire safety program for seniors

KINGSTON – One week after Ulster County Executive Michael Hein announced a program to provide special smoke detectors for children who are hearing impaired, he now unveiled a similar program for senior citizens in need.

The county received 250 smoke detectors with a grant from the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs to reduce fire risk and injury to those most vulnerable county residents.

“The last thing we want to see is someone who makes a decision not to replace a smoke detector because of the cost, or worst, the difficulty of doing the installation. For many seniors those are real challenges, especially for those with limited financial means,” Hein said.

Seniors who need a smoke detector may be eligible to receive one along with the installation, all at no cost.

County Fire Coordinator Everett Erichsen said the county wants to ensure “that the public is receiving the best fire protection and prevention possible and having a working smoke detector is crucial to achieving this.”

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