More than 50 Cranberry Township senior citizens received free fire extinguishers — and training on how to properly use them — at instructional sessions last week through Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company.
The program halps residents ages 65 and older learn more about fire safety.
In previous years, the station has given away smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Because extinguishers are more complicated, the fire company conducted several training sessions.
“When we did the first two, you could hand it to the senior citizens, put it on your ceiling, and you're good,” said assistant fire safety education coordinator Jack Carney. “With a fire extinguisher, you don't know how to do it, and so they go home with it and think, 'Well, I have one,' and that provides a false sense of security.”
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