Senior center offers help with smoke detectors


Senior center offers help with smoke detectors
The Westborough Senior Center is located at 4 Rogers Road. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

WESTBOROUGH – In response to the recent deaths of three people in residences with no working smoke detectors, the Westborough Senior Center is doubling down on efforts to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In the May “Senior Scene” newsletter, Executive Director Alma DeManche said she knew the woman who died in a house fire on Belknap Street last month.

“The most concerning part is that there were no working smoke detectors in her home,” she said.

Several days later, a husband and wife died in a house fire in Hopkinton. There were no working detectors in their home.

DeManche said the center, in partnership with the Fire Department, provides a battery exchange program for the town’s senior residents each November. The center also helps with replacing older detectors and checking on carbon monoxide detectors.

“There is no reason why you should not have working smoke detectors in your home,” she said.

DeManche added that assistance is available for those who cannot afford smoke detectors, or who need help with installing them.

For information, contact the senior center at 508-366-3000, or visit


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