Rochester Hills Offers First Ever Free Older Adult Safety Program

Fire Department and Meijer Partner to Provide Fire and Fall Prevention Education

The City of Rochester Hills will be offering free personalized home visits for older adults to check for fire and fall hazards. Earlier this year, Rochester Hills was one of only 25 cities selected to attend the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) conference on older adult fire and fall prevention.

Nancy Butty, Rochester Hills Fire and Life Safety Educator, will now be able to facilitate this training to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

According to NFPA statistics, adults aged 65 and older are two times as likely to be killed in a fire at home. Falling is also a leading cause of death from injuries for older adults. NFPA has 16 safety elements developed by safety organizations across the country and focus group testing in high-fire-risk states. Homes will be evaluated using a checklist provided by the Remembering When program. After the visit, the checklist will be given to the participant so they can self evaluate as they take steps to make their home safer.

Meijer has collaborated with the Fire Department to help provide free nightlights for program participants. “Using nightlights can provide older adults with a clearer route for nighttime trips,” stated Nancy Butty. “We’re proud to partner with Meijer for this exciting new initiative.”

Interested residents can schedule a home visit or get more information by calling Nancy Butty at 248.841.2705.

Established in 1984, the City of Rochester Hills is a prosperous community offering residents and businesses superior services. Ranked the Safest City in the State of Michigan, Rochester Hills is committed to sustaining its position among the nation’s preeminent places to live, work and raise a family. Through the city’s focus on health, education, and technology, the community continues to attract forward-thinking leaders and businesses.


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