Martha Lake students donate night lights to seniors to prevent falls

The Martha Lake Elementary School PTA and students donated 478 night lights for firefighters to give to older adults at risk of falling. (Photo courtesy South County Fire)

Martha Lake Elementary School students donated 478 night lights for South County Fire crews to give to older adults to prevent falls.

Firefighters accepted the donated night lights during an all-school assembly Thursday. This is the fourth year the Martha Lake PTA has collected night lights for the Shine A Light to Prevent Falls program. Students also wrote notes or colored pictures to go with each night light. A night light in the bedroom, bathroom or hallway can help older adults see where they’re going and avoid tripping over objects.

Falls top the list of 911 calls for older adults in southwest Snohomish County. Firefighters here responded to more than 1,800 falls calls last year. Most falls occur at home and most are preventable. South County Fire offers home visits for older adults and their family members to identify ways to improve safety.

To schedule a home visit or learn more about South County Fire’s falls prevention services, email falls@southsnofire.org or call 425-551-1266.

  1. Way to go Martha Lake Elementary. Proud to be Grandma to one of the students. Proud of all of the students, teachers and helpers.

  2. So proud of Martha Lake Elementary school. My 5 children went to MLE from 1992 to 2005. Now my grandson is a student there. My daughters, Caitlin McAfee was the PTA member who organized the Shine A Light program. Caitie and our other daughter Allison did all the background work and organizing for this community awareness program. Our community is amazing because we have people like our daughters willing to help with the PTA programs. You rock girls!!

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