Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Senior Center:
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fire Department and the Wilmington Department of Elderly Services is excited to introduce a new program called “Sand Buckets for Seniors”. Thanks to a generous donation from the Wilmington ACE Hardware and the assistance of the Wilmington DPW, the Fire Department will provide a bucket of sand/salt mixture to eligible Wilmington residents aged 60 and older during the winter months. The program is a part of our Community Risk Reduction efforts to help lower the risk of slips and falls in icy conditions. The mixture is spread on outdoor walking surfaces such as porches, steps, walkways and driveways to provide better traction and a safer walking surface.
According to the CDC:
- About 36 million older adults fall each year—resulting in more than 32,000 deaths.
- Each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall injury.
- One out of every five falls causes an injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.
- Each year at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures.
Taking action to help prevent fall risks is the first step in lowering the number of people injured due to slips and falls each year.
This is the first year of the program and we have a limited number of buckets available. Eligible residents should request a bucket through the Wilmington Department of Elderly Services (978-657-7595). This is a first come first serve program so request your bucket before they are gone. One bucket per household.
Residents receiving buckets will also receive a free cup to spread the sand and a complimentary File of Life for each resident over the age of 60. Each bucket will be serialized and tracked by the Fire Department. The buckets will be collected in the spring when the risk of snow and ice is no longer a threat to the area.
In order to be eligible for the program you must be a Wilmington resident aged 60 or older, reside in a single or multi-family home and must be capable of spreading the mixture without assistance.
For more information or to request an application to receive a bucket for your residence, please contact the Wilmington Department of Elder Services (978-657-7595).