BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - One thing firefighters learned In the aftermath of the April 13 fatal fire in the township was that there were no working smoke alarms or CO detectors in the home.
After Fire Chief Anthony Padovano gave a report on the fire to the Township Council at its April 18 meeting, Deputy Chief Jim Hopkins, who is also the Township fire official, spoke to the council about the availability of smoke alarms and CO detectors.
They were bought with a FEMA grant received several years ago, he said.
"I want to remind everybody, that if anybody in town, elderly or otherwise, needs these devices we have and will install them, as well, on every level of the home, especially the bedroom level" he said.
He added that in the last couple of years there were, in his opinion, three preventable deaths in the township because of a lack of working smoke alarms and CO detectors.
"Call fire headquarters and we will have a firefighter come out and install them," Hopkins said.
The good things about these alarms is they have "ten year sealed batteries, so that we don't have to worry about anybody climbing up on chairs or ladders," to install them or change batteries, he said.
Township Administer John Bussiculo said he would let seniors know when he next goes to their meeting.
Mayor Robert Woodruff suggested to residents, "If you have elderly neighbors, just walk over to see how they are doing, and check around their house. They may have been taken down and not even realize they are missing."