Fire Safety for Older Adults

Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults. At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. Take a moment to visit with older neighbors and family members to ensure that their homes and lives are kept as safe as possible!
•Keep it low
Consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor in order to make emergency escape easier. Have a telephone installed where you sleep in case of emergency.

•Sound the alarm
Make sure that smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping areas. If anyone in your household is deaf or hard of hearing, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency.

•Do the drill
Practice regular fire drills to make sure you know what to do in the event of a home fire. If you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist, and decide on backups in case the designee isn’t home. Make an escape plan around your abilities!

•Open up
Make sure that you are able to open all doors and windows in your home. Locks and pins should open easily from inside. Check to be sure that windows haven’t been sealed shut with paint or nailed shut; if they have, arrange for someone to break the seals all around your home or remove the nails.

•Stay connected
Keep a telephone nearby, along with emergency phone numbers so that you can communicate with emergency personnel if you’re trapped in your room by fire or smoke.

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