Retire the Fire!

File of LifeWith support from the Westfield Fire Department, the Westfield News, the Westfield Rotary Club, and Mayor Brian Sullivan, the Westfield Council On Aging is once again launching its annual Retire the Fire! fire prevention and safety campaign for the City’s older adults.  

During the week of March 6 to 10, residents of Westfield will see Retire the Fire! flyers hung throughout the City and buttons with the slogan worn by Council On Aging staff, seniors, and community leaders.  Both are gentle reminders that fire safety for Westfield’s older adults is a personal, family, and community effort.  

The focus of this year’s Retire the Fire! effort is the File Of Life program.  The File Of Life is a personal medical home file prepared for emergency first responders and is meant to provide quick and easy access to an individual’s basic medical information. It is a red magnetic plastic folder that can be kept on the refrigerator for speedy access in the event of an emergency. The file contains important personal information regarding health and emergency contacts in the event that the person in need is unable to give that information.  

Our File of Life packet also contains a smaller, non magnetic size that can be carried in a purse or wallet for use when away from home.  

File of Life packets are available at the Senior Center, 45 Noble Street.  The Senior Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  

For those who would like assistance completing the forms, COA staff members are available to help.  In addition, house numbers are still available from last year’s Retire the Fire! ‘House Number Visibility Project’ and can be installed by members of the Westfield Rotary Club for those sixty and older who need visible numbers on their house.  

Older adults should call the Senior Center at 562-6435 for fire safety information or assistance with installing visible numbers on their home.