Tips for seniors on preventing home fires and falls
Lauri and Jim Doyle of Morris were among the attendees at a safety seminar held for senior citizens at the Bantam firehouse on Wednesday. Litchfield Fire Marshal Sam Kinkade, below, delivers advice on fire and fall prevention. BZ photos
The Litchfield County Fire Marshal’s Association and the Litchfield fire marshal’s office in conjunction with the Bantam Fire Company, the recreation departments in Litchfield and Goshen, and JP Maguire Property Damage sponsored a free safety seminar for senior citizens on Wednesday.
The seminar, which included a complimentary breakfast prepared by Litchfield Catering and Deli, drew 45 seniors from local towns to the Bantam firehouse for advice on preventing fires and falls in the home.
Litchfield Fire Marshal Sam Kinkade organized the event with his wife, Colleen, the recreation director in Goshen. Litchfield recreation Director Brent Hawkins and his assistant, Lisa Beyer, were on hand to assist.
Sam Kinkade presented a safety program developed by the National Fire Protection Association. Free smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors were donated by JP Maguire Property Damage for a drawing.
Paul Makuc, a state trooper from Litchfield and president of the Litchfield County Fire Marshal’s Association, also spoke to the crowd. Makuc is assigned to the state police fire and explosives investigation unit.
Paul Makuc, president of the Litchfield County Fire Marshal's Association, welcomes the crowd.
Fire marshals go through the breakfast line.
Tony Knox of Litchfeld during a light-hearted moment in the program.