CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A five year nationwide program begins November 29th in Westfield, when the fire department begins visiting every home checking for working smoke detectors and installing one if they don’t have one.
Westfield Fire Captain Rebecca Boutin told 22News, “Over half the deaths that happened in Massachusetts last year was because people not have operating detectors in their home.”
Just last week, an 84-year-old Springfield woman died in fire. There were no working smoke detectors in her Burnside Terrace home.
According to Mary Nathan, the disaster project manager at Red Cross, “Our goal is to reduce deaths by fire by 25 percent over the next five years into people’s homes that no not have smoke detectors.”
Some senior citizens told 22News, they know the value of having working smoke detectors in their home. “To be sure in case of a fire, I’ll be safe, I want to be safe and out of the house,” Julita Rojas of Holyoke said.
Jean Wesolaski of Holyoke said, “When you’re married to a firefighter you have to be sure you take care of everything and he always does that.”
The Pioneer Valley Red Cross will distribute as many smoke detectors that are needed here in western Massachusetts and urge residents to change the batteries this weekend when they set back their clocks.