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Seniors to get free fire safety supplies

October 18, 2008

HAGERSTOWN -- Smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, LED lighting, power strips and more will be available free for Hagerstown seniors next month as part of a home safety makeover sponsored by Lowe's and the Hagerstown Fire Department, Fire Prevention Coordinator Mike Weller said.

The program is scheduled for two consecutive Saturdays, Nov. 1 and 8, Weller said. It is aimed at aging households with aging residents who would have trouble climbing a ladder or don't have the means to buy safety equipment, Weller said.

The Lowe's stores on Wesel Boulevard and Shank Farm Way are donating equipment and employees' time as part of the companywide Lowe's Heroes initiative, Weller said. Firefighters also will help install the equipment, he said.

The makeovers are available to Hagerstown residents only, Weller said. Interested seniors may call 301-791-2205 to request a home safety makeover. Weller said households would be served in order of priority, but the department hopes to serve every senior who calls in some way.

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- Heather Keels

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