“We provide a comprehensive inspection into each area to identify potential risks,” stated Lieutenant Kevin Gaidos. “However, homeowners can request that we not survey a specific area or room if privacy is a concern.”
SLIP & FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM
Benton County Fire District 4 offers injury prevention program
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than
one-third of adults over 65 years of age fall each year.
Falls can lead to hip fractures, traumatic brain injuries,
and are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries
in older adults – and they are mostly preventable. That’s
why Benton County Fire District 4 has launched a program
to reduce injury from slips and falls.
Firefighter/EMTs will now visit residents’ homes at their
request and perform a comprehensive evaluation of the
property exterior and interior. The inspections take
approximately an hour. Once the survey is complete the
Firefighter/EMT will sit down with the homeowner and review
a list of recommendations to reduce the risk of injury from a fall.
This initiative is the first step to Benton County Fire District 4 launching its own medical emergency prevention program called “FD Cares” (Fire Department Community Assistance, Referral and Educational Services) to reduce calls to 911 and lower health care costs. Historically, the fire district was simply there to put out fires. Now, a large part of what it does is prevention-related including safety inspections, educating the community about fire prevention through local schools, homes and area businesses, and now reducing injuries.
If you would like to schedule a complimentary fall prevention inspection,
please contact Lieutenant Gaidos at (509) 967-2945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.