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South Snohomish County
Fire & Rescue

Martha Lake students donate night lights for firefighters to give to older adults to prevent falls

Post Date:01/18/2017 7:43 PM
martha lake school assemblyStudents at Martha Lake Elementary School last week donated 466 night lights for firefighters in Snohomish County Fire District 1 to give to older adults in a new program called Shine-A-Light to Prevent Falls.

Each student who donated a night light was asked to write a note or color a picture. The donated night lights and notes will be placed on paramedic units so firefighters can give them to older adults who have fallen or are at-risk of falling. “Placing a night light in your bedroom, bathroom and hallway can help you see where you’re going and avoid tripping over objects,” said Fire District 1’s Kristen Thorstenson, a community resource specialist working with falls patients.

The students and PTA at Martha Lake have traditionally collected stuffed animals for firefighters to give to children in emergency situations. “Last year, they really outdid themselves, collecting more than 1,000 stuffed animals. We’re still well supplied so we decided to try something different this year,” Thorstenson said. “Falls are a major threat to health and independence of older adults. Our firefighters see about 2,000 falls patients each year. We wanted a way for our younger citizens to help these senior citizens and came up with Shine-A-Light.”

She said she hopes the Shine-A-Light drive at Martha Lake can serve as a model for other groups looking for a way to support firefighters in their falls prevention efforts. Interested organizations can contact Kristen Thorstenson for more information.

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