Fayetteville firefighters to rebuild elderly woman’s deck

— On top of preparing to reconstruct the woman’s deck free of charge to her, Chrysler and Jones installed new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Jones stresses the importance of upkeep and maintenance within the household.

“We just received a grant called the Federal Fire Prevention and Safety grant for a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector program that we are about to roll out very shortly to our entire district, which is about a third of the town of Manlius,” Jones said. The grant, which amounts to nearly $50,000, will help the department fund ongoing efforts toward boosting fire safety in homes. Detectors are carried in fire engines and ambulances at all times, and can usually be charged for no cost at a moment’s notice.

“We will be actively seeking requests for home inspections, where we will go out to private residences. We are developing a fire safety checklist, and once we are at the residence, we will install detectors. The grant also covers devices called bed shakers. They connect to the smoke alarms, and they are for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, so when the smoke detector goes off, it shakes their bed and hopefully wakes them up so they can react accordingly.”

In order to prevent any disasters, Jones said, it also helps to just be friendly, especially to those who are living alone.

“Check up on your neighbors. A lot of these things can easily be resolved if somebody just took the time to take care of them,” he said. “So whether its for the follow up to this storm, or just on an everyday basis, just knock on the door and say hi and see if there s anything that can be taken care of."

Any donations to the deck reconstruction project would be greatly appreciated. A donation jar can be found at the Fayetteville Firehouse, located at 425 E. Genesse St. The deck will be demolished Sunday, Nov. 11, and building will begin the next day.

Caroline Mahony is an editorial intern with the Eagle Bulletin. Reach her through the editor at editor@eaglebulletin.com.

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