Lions give power jolt to SABRE program

A GENEROUS donation from the Woolgoolga Lions Club will help to keep elderly citizens safe.

The club yesterday handed over 200 nine volt batteries to the Woolgoolga Fire Station for its Smoke Alarm Battery Replacement For The Elderly (SABRE) program.

The program is a NSW Fire Brigades community service where fire officers change smoke alarm batteries and, where necessary, replace the existing smoke alarms to ensure seniors and the infirmed have working devices to alert them to a fire.

“We have over 200 names on our list in the area between Moonee and Red Rock under this program,” Woolgoolga Fire Station commander Ray Webb said.

“Over the years, the Lions club has donated a lot of equipment to organisations in our area.”

NSW Fire Brigades research shows people aged over 65 are three times more likely to die in house fires than other people.

Smoke alarms give residents early warning of a fire in the home, and those precious minutes can be the difference between life and death.

Another important factor to remember is many elderly people don't have the mobility of younger citizens, so being prepared and having as long as possible to evacuate becomes very important.

To find out about registering for the SABRE program, contact your nearest fire station. For more information, go to www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

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