NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Each year, the Borough of North Plainfield’s Fire Prevention Bureau is available to help senior citizens and residents in need of smoke detector and battery replacement assistance.

Through the Senior Smoke Detector and Battery Replacement Program, which has been offered for the past 25 years, fire personnel will visit an individual’s home and change all smoke detector batteries as well as replace older detectors, free of charge.

“This program involves checking the operation and location of smoke detectors as well as yearly replacement of the batteries for all senior citizens in the borough,” said North Plainfield Fire Chief William Eaton. “Each year, we visit approximately 100 homes and install about 200 batteries and/or smoke detectors.”

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Although the program’s primary focus is to help senior citizens in the community, assistance is available to all residents. “The goal is to promote the annual replacement of your detector's batteries and to replace the units as needed,” said Eaton, adding, “We will gladly assist any resident in the community who may need our help with these services.“

The program kicks off annually in October to coincide with Fire Prevention Week and, in the months that follow, fire personnel work to visit each home on the list. In recent years, Costco, Home Depot and Wal-Mart have donated the batteries and detectors.

The borough’s fire bureau works of a running list generated through the North Plainfield Senior Club and other resources; it is not necessary, however, that one belong to the club to get on the list. Any North Plainfield resident wishing to be put on the list for the Smoke Detector and Battery Replacement Assistance Program can register by calling North Plainfield Fire headquarters at (908) 769-2935. Additional information is also available at http://www.northplainfield.org/NPFD/Fire_Prevention.shtml

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