If you live in Westfield, MA and are 60 years old or older, you may be eligible to get your smoke detectors updated and inspected at no charge.
Free grant-funded smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are available through the Council on Aging for Westfield residents 60 and older who meet income eligibility requirements. Income guidelines are $29,425 for an individual and $39,825 for a couple, including Social Security income.
Residents who currently have no detectors or do not have detectors in the mandated locations or whose detectors are older than ten years old are encouraged to apply.
A member of the Westfield Fire Department will do a home inspection to assess the number and type of detectors needed. Installation is done by the students in the electrical wireing program at Westfield Vocational Technical High School under the supervision of instructor Gary Martineau.
Under the Senior Safe Grant which is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, there is no charge to eligible older adults for either the detectors or the installation.
Applications are available at the Westfield Senior Center or by calling 413-562-6435.