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Older Adults

Older adults can feel more confident and secure in the event of a fire by taking preventative measures and having a clear fire safety plan in place. 

As we grow older, our bodies tend to become more susceptible to the harmful effects of fire. An aging body may find it harder to react quickly to an emergency, making fire safety more important than ever. In addition to this, older adults may have mobility issues that could make evacuation during a fire more difficult. Due to these factors, it is crucial that older adults take preventative measures and have a clear fire safety plan in place. There are several steps that one can take to lower the risk of a fire, including making sure that smoke detectors are installed and in good working condition. It is also important to avoid smoking in bed or when feeling drowsy since this can be an easy way to start a fire. Regular maintenance and care for electrical systems and appliances can help prevent electrical fires as well. Finally, ensuring communication devices such as phones are readily accessible in case of emergency can make a significant difference. By taking these measures, older adults can feel more confident and secure in the event of a fire.

Older Adults

    • Your risk of dying in a home fire is greater as you get older.
    • Discuss your fire escape plan with family and neighbors. Contact your building manager or fire department to discuss your plan if you need extra help escaping.
    • If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure that you can go through the doorways.
    • If you can’t hear your smoke alarm, consider getting one that has a different sound or one that comes with a bed shaker or strobe light.
    • Caregivers should check the smoke alarms of those who are unable to do it themselves.
    • Never smoke around medical oxygen.
    • Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
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