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County fire department delivers hot meals and safety tips

John Mather, of Picton, was delighted to have his hot lunch delivered by Firefighter Greg Gorsline and Fire Prevention Officer Mike Branscombe this week. – Sue Capon photos

The Prince Edward County Fire Department is delivering fire safety tips and hot meals to seniors this month.

Working with Community Care for Seniors, the fire department has teamed up with its Meals on Wheels and senior’s luncheon programs to answer questions and provide safety advice.

Fire Prevention Officer Mike Branscombe and Firefighter Greg Gorsline  are delivering hot lunches with Meals on Wheels and assisting seniors one-on-one with safety concerns.

Firefighter Greg Gorsline and Fire Prevention Officer Mike Branscombe have been guest speakers at this month’s Community Care luncheons in several communities. They are also on the road, delivering hot lunches with Meals on Wheels and assisting seniors one-on-one with safety concerns.

“We have answered a lot of questions this month,” said Branscombe. “Many about smoke alarms and fire extinguishers, when they need to be replaced and what to look for when buying new ones.”

On visits to homes, he said, they are able to answer more specific questions, while at the same time, keep an eye out for hazards seniors may not be aware of.

“We can quickly scan the room and notice fire hazards like hoarding, damaged electrical cords, fuse panels with older, or over-amped fuses, and proper use of space heaters.”

Branscombe noted many people often use multi-outlet electric plug adapters where a power cord would be safer.

He notes many times these power receptacles are purchased at discount stores and are not approved by the Electrical Safety Association.

“A power bar with the built-in shut off should something go wrong, would be much safer to use,” he said.

“I’m happy to have you here,” said John Mather, of Picton, thanking Branscombe and Gorsline for delivering his lunch. “I have people coming in regularly to check my smoke alarms.”

Community Care and its various partners in the community create and deliver, on average, about 50 hot and frozen dinners each day along six routes throughout the County.

Co-ordinator Teresa Shepherd said some clients use the service for the long-term, while others only request it while recovering from recent surgery or a medical procedure. Prince Edward Community Care also offers both hot and frozen meal to clients of Hospice Prince Edward or the Alzheimer Society.

“Clients can also order a variety of frozen meals to have on hand,” said Shepherd. “This can be especially useful in cold weather months when people find it more difficult to get out to go shopping.”

Hot meals cost $6, while frozen entrees are $5.50. Sides (soup and dessert) are $2 and there is no tax, or delivery charge to pay.

She notes delivery to their door, of a hot, nutritious noon-time meal also means daily contact with a volunteer to help people feel safe and well in their own home.

For Meals on Wheels for yourself, or to refer someone, call 613-476-7493. Community Care for Seniors can also make home visits to explain this, and other services.

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  1. Tim Kraemer says:

    Great job guys!

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