Coronavirus Update at the COA...

COA's facilities closed November 30 - December 6

After a great deal of consideration, the COA will temporarily close both COA facilities beginning Monday November 30.  We have always prioritized the safety of our customers and staff and feel that this is the right decision for our community at this time.

In preparation for the shutdown, our Meals on Wheels program delivered frozen meals to all of our clients to enjoy safely in their home while we are not open.

We encourage you all to stay safe and healthy throughout this holiday season.  This includes practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying home when you are not well.

As you know, safety recommendations can and will likely change in accordance to the CDC and our state recommendations and we will do our best to keep you up to date regarding re-opening dates.

 

 

October is Fire Prevention Month and the biggest thing we need to think about is smoke detectors.

 

Smoke alarms are a key part of a home fire escape plan. When there is a fire, smoke spreads fast. Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly.

 

SAFETY TIPS

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home. Install alarms in the basement as well.
  • Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  • It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms so that when one smoke alarm sounds, they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least once a month by pressing the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  • Current alarms on the market employ different types of technology including multi-sensing, which could include smoke and carbon monoxide combined.
  • Today’s smoke alarms will be more technologically advanced to respond to a multitude of À re conditions, yet mitigate false alarms.
  • A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet (3 meters) from the stove.
  • People who are hard-of-hearing or deaf can use special alarms. These alarms have strobe lights and bed shakers.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

 

This information provided by Deputy MaKenzie Kreiner, Senior Safety Coordinator. Deputy Kreiner promotes safety and protection of older adults through the COA and Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

Author: 
Deputy MaKenzie Kreiner, Senior Safety Coordinator