Prevention 1st Now a Program of Lifespan

Beginning in January 2022 Prevention 1st will be a program of Lifespan of Greater Rochester, which shares our mission of helping older adults and others be safe at home. Prevention 1st delivered its first class with Lifespan in November 2021, and we look forward to presenting more safety workshops in 2022. We’ll be starting with Lifespan sites in the Rochester, NY community where other classes and workshops are given: The Lily Café at the Maplewood YMCA on January 10, and St. Bernard’s Park Apartments on February 7.

You can still sign up as a volunteer by visiting the Prevention 1st website. Note that after January 1, our donation page will route to Lifespan’s online donation page. Be sure to indicate your gift is to support Prevention 1st, using the “Purpose of Donation” field. Checks mailed to Prevention 1st in care of Lifespan will continue to be routed to program staff.

Lifespan Presents First Prevention 1st Home Safety Class

Prevention 1st has formed a partnership with Lifespan of Greater Rochester, which shares our mission of helping older adults and others be safe at home. Beginning in January, Prevention 1st will become a program of Lifespan.

Prevention 1st delivered its first class with Lifespan on November 15 as part of Lifespan’s free “Information and Inspiration” series. Thanks to Nancy Lane, who did a great job in Prevention 1st’s very first 1-hour in-person/zoom hybrid class.

The class was very well received and the group asked some great questions. We also received kudos from the training manager who sat in on the class. We look forward to presenting more safety workshops in 2022.

Home Safety Workshop Offered Nov. 15

Prevention 1st will offer “Home Safety Strategies” on November 15 as part of Lifespan’s free “Information and Inspiration” series. Learn how to make your home safe by identifying common hazards that make you vulnerable to fires, falls, and preventable accidents..

The session will be in-person (masks required) at Lifespan, 1900 S. Clinton Ave, Rochester, NY.

Reservations are required. Visit Lifespan’s Information & Inspiration webpage for more information and to register: https://www.lifespan-roch.org/information-inspiration

Sure, Sleep In on Nov. 7 – Just Check Your Smoke Alarms Too

Most people use the gift of an extra hour given by the fall Daylight Saving Time change to catch a few extra Zzzs. Go for it—and when you get up, use another minute to test your alarms.

Ideally you should test all smoke alarms monthly, as recommended by the National Fire Protection Association. For sure, let the biannual time change be a great reminder. Even for smoke alarms that have long-life batteries—or are hard-wired—it’s still important to make sure the alarm is working. Not every single long-life battery will work for 10 years, and even hard-wired alarms can fail. Test your CO detectors too. They need to be replaced every 5-7 years.

While having a working smoke alarm is important, it’s just as important that everyone knows what to do if it goes off. Make sure everyone in your home knows to get moving right away, because you probably have less time than you think to escape.

When you plan your escape route, include where outside you will all meet. Your meeting place should be a safe distance from your home but where firefighters can see you. Choose something very specific that everyone can remember and find easily: a tree, a telephone pole, or mailbox.

Do you need to update your escape plan? Look around and think about what’s changed in the last 6 months or year. Has an older adult joined your household? Consider whether they should sleep in a room on the ground floor to make escape easier. If anyone in your household has diminished hearing, consider a type of smoke alarm that uses a low frequency, flashing light or vibration.

This year many people are welcoming a return to holiday gatherings. Will guests be staying over? Tell visitors to your home about your family’s fire escape plan, including your meeting place. Show overnight guests how to open deadbolts or security bars. When you or your children are staying overnight at other people’s homes, ask about their escape plan.

Thanks for Supporting the Prevention 1st Golf Tournament

Thanks to all who came out to join us on a great day at Irondequoit Country Club for the final Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament to benefit Prevention 1st. A special thank-you to our Golf Sponsors.

Congratulations to our winning golfers:

1st Place Men’s Division (Score 57):
Zach Buschner, Eric Koehler, Max Koehler, Ryan Wegman

1st Place Mixed Division (Score 65):
Cook Properties, Maxwell Dowd, Lindsay Joyce, George Lynch

Longest Drive #10 Men: Joe Lachiusa
Longest Drive #10 Women: Shelly VanLare
Closest to Pin #6 Men: Max Koehler
Closest to Pin #6 Women: Maureen Bass

Skins:
Team Appelbaum 3 on Hole #17
Team Koehler 3 on Hole #7

Sept. 12 is National Grandparents Day: Help Keep Them Safe

Get family involved! Enlisting their grandchildren can be a great way to help older adults receive important reminders about avoiding injuries. Kids can help check for household hazards and look to see that there are smoke alarms. Older kids and teens can help test alarms and help you with other safety checks and tasks. A few things to remember:

  • Check the home for tripping hazards. If there are small rugs, they can be taped down to avoid slipping.
  • Are all the exits clear of furniture and clutter? Would it be easy to get out of the home if the smoke alarm or CO detector goes off?
  • Are night lights needed  in bedrooms, bathrooms and hallways? Make sure there is enough light at the top of stairs.
  • Are stair handrails firm?
  • Does the bathroom need grab bars, a non-slip mat, a shower seat?
  • Are there smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors on each level and outside the bedroom? Remember that smoke alarms should be replaced every ten years and CO alarms every seven years.
  • Test the smoke alarms (including hard-wired ones). Are they working, and just as importantly, can everyone in the home hear the alarms? Basic smoke alarms may be difficult to hear because of their high pitched sound. If your ‘grand’ can’t hear the alarm from the next room, consider a Strobe Alarm which uses an extra bright light, or a Shaker Alarm that uses a vibrating device to shake a bed to awaken someone who wouldn’t hear the alarm without hearing aids.
  • Try this tip from our 2020 Rogoff Scholarship winner: Add a reminder to family members’ calendars to regularly change each alarm’s battery.
  • When was the last time the furnace and chimney were checked or cleaned? You may need to call to schedule a service or cleaning.

Help Make Our Final Golf Tournament the Most Successful Ever

2021 Golf tournament

This year’s Jane & Larry Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament on September 20 is the organization’s last. Prevention 1st is now working with Lifespan to carry out its work in the community.

At this year’s Tournament dinner we will honor several individuals and organizations who have been tremendous supporters of Prevention 1st:

Wayne and Judy Holly, supporters for many years

Buckingham Properties, long-time sponsors of the Golf Tournament

Lifespan, with which Prevention 1t is now working to fuilfill its mission

This year’s Prevention 1st Tournament donations will be made in honor of Stephen Rogoff and Harvey Bunis, who started this tournament to help their dear friend fulfill his dream.

Whether it’s for golf or dinner only, we hope you’ll join us for this very special day. For details and to register click here.

Thank you to our Golf Tournament Sponsors!

Thank You to Our 2021 Golf Tournament Sponsors!

We at Prevention 1st appreciate the tremendous support of our sponsors in making the Jane & Larry

Glazer Memorial Golf Tournament a success!

Tournament Sponsors

Buckingham Properties, LLC

Cook Properties

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Flag Sponsors

Alladin’s of Schoen Place

Cathy & Jack Dinaburg

Abrams Fensterman       

Greater Rochester Health Foundation (GRHF)

LOGS Legal Group

Ralph Honda

Sage Rutty & Co., Inc.

Tee Sponsors

Appelbaum Family

Bell Cornerstone

Browncroft Family Restaurant

CCM Flooring

Cook Properties

Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle

Flaherty Salmin CPAs

Heritage Financial

Kevin Lillis & Friends

Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF)

Rochester Fire Department

Daryl Sharp & Bob Cole 

WSM Elder Law, P.C. 

Walworth Animal Hospital

Register here for the September 20, 2021 Golf Tournament.

Kindergartner Gets Ride to School in a Fire Truck

Kindergartner Brielle McCarthy received a special prize for participating in the 13th Annual Prevention 1st Fire Safety Poster Contest—a ride to school in a fire truck, courtesy of the St. Paul Fire Department.

Brielle’s classmates at Listwood School in West Irondequoit were on hand to greet her arrival, as were Channel 8 and Spectrum News to cover the story. Watch the video on the school’s Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/542674739116847/videos/510604729981141

All (K-8) students in Monroe County, New York were eligible to participate in the annual Fire Safety Poster Contest sponsored by Prevention 1st, which included a raffle for the firetruck ride to school. $50 gift cards were awarded to artists in 5 grade categories and their schools received a check for $200. In addition, all teachers who submitted artwork were entered in a raffle for one of ten $500 Staples gift cards. Winning posters were displayed at various locations around the county.

See the winning posters here.