The Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire departments and Orange County Emergency Services is partnering with Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels to provide a smoke detector installation and safety check service to their users in addition to their regular meal delivery service.
Known for serving hot food and providing emotional support for senior citizens, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels is collaborating with local fire departments and emergency services to ensure the safety of the people they serve.
“We’re so thankful to the Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire departments and Orange County Emergency Services for ensuring this important life safety tool is in place for our recipients,” said Rachel Bearman, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels Executive Director, in a press release. “This will also put a smile on many of their faces as they get a chance to see new faces during their daily visit.”
This new partnership consists of firefighters stopping in the homes of meal recipients along with Meals on Wheels staff. They will check the residents' homes to ensure that their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are fully functioning while their meal is being delivered. If they need batteries or a new smoke alarm, these will be provided, as well.
Chapel Hill Fire Department Fire Marshal Tommy Gregory said these visits will occur throughout the southern part of the county, where Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels operates.