Taylor firefighters host battery exchange Oct. 8

Taylor firefighters are going ahead with their annual smoke detector battery exchange program on Oct. 8, connecting with seniors to make sure their alarms are up to date and ready to go.

“It gets out into the community and really helps them, we’re sad that we can’t have more of a conversation and help them this year, but we’re still getting the information and the product out to them,” said Fire Chief Steve Byford.

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The program has been running for roughly a decade, with firefighters visiting seniors and exchanging batteries. Due to COVID-19, volunteer firefighters will drop off the batteries by door step only.

This year, 80 dual smoke and carbon monoxide detectors will be gifted to Taylor seniors as part of packages containing fire safety books and other goodies. They were donated to Taylor Fire Rescue by the Office of the Fire Commissioner.

Byford says the program has always been greatly appreciated by the community, adding that Taylor Fire Rescue also offers snow removal for seniors.

“The seniors here in Taylor really enjoy seeing our members come out each year and spending a few minutes with them, talking with them,” Byford said. “But more importantly on our side, it’s making sure that their detectors are good to go each year.”

Email reporter Tom Summer at tsummer@ahnfsj.ca

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