Health care library will host discussion of fire, burn and fall prevention safety on June 22nd

HerrickLibraryExteriorFotoThe Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Fire, Burn and Fall Prevention,” a free presentation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 22. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Speaking will be Mary Vilgera, community outreach specialist, Burn Institute.

“This 30-minute presentation will focus on 16 safety messages, including eight fire prevention techniques and eight fall prevention messages,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “The presentation was developed for seniors by experts from national and local safety organizations, but its message of prevention and safety is beneficial to all.”

Also available on June 22 will be information about the Burn Institute’s free offer of smoke alarms for seniors. Screened and trained community partners and volunteers assist the Burn Institute in installing the free alarms. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home.

The Burn Institute is the local nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The Burn Institute reaches thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education, funding of vital burn research and treatment, and burn survivor support programs. For more information, visit

The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit