A pair of new state grants will help the Nahant Fire Department continue two fire safety and prevention initiatives for town residents.
The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services awarded the town $2,850 to support its local Student Education Fire Awareness, or S.A.F.E. program, and $2,100 for its local Senior S.A.F.E. program.
Through the S.A.F.E. program, the Department of Fire Services provides resources to local fire departments to conduct fire and life safety education programs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Since the program’s inception in 1995, the average annual number of child deaths caused by a fire has fallen by 72 percent in Massachusetts.
Senior S.A.F.E. is a similar program that was created to support fire safety education for older adults, who officials say are most at risk of dying in a fire in Massachusetts.
Nahant plans to use its grant money to help fund some of the ongoing costs of implementing the programs locally, including the purchase of fire prevention education materials, classroom visits to children, and providing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, night lights, stove top fire extinguishers, and other equipment for seniors.
“These programs and materials are an essential part of the work we do to keep our community safe,” Fire Chief Michael Feinberg said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to continuing to ensure that Nahant residents of all ages are taking steps to prevent fires in their homes, and that they know what to do to stay safe if a fire ever were to start.”John Laidler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.