Wilmington Fire Department & Senior Center To Provide Free Buckets Of Sand To Wilmington Seniors; Sign Up Beginning December 30

WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Fire Department and the Wilmington Department of Elderly Services is bringing back its popular “Sand Buckets for Seniors” program, which it debuted last year.

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 the town’s 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.

A limited number of buckets will be available. Eligible residents should request a bucket through the Wilmington Department of Elderly Services. Sign-ups begin on Friday, December 30, 2022 at 10am at the Senior Center’s Front Desk. This is a first come, first serve program. 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, please contact the Wilmington Department of Elder Services at 978-657-7595.

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