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Seniors Safety

The two leading causes of fire deaths and injuries among older adults are smoking materials and the misuse of portable space heaters.

Tips to Remember

  • Smokers should have a designated area away from upholstered materials, such as the kitchen table.
  • Never smoke in bed while reading – it is too easy to fall asleep and print materials are highly flammable.
  • Sleep with the bedroom door closed in order to provide more time to escape if a fire occurs.
  • Keep space heaters well-ventilated and at least three feet away from flammable materials. Unplug space heaters when not in use.
  • Extension cords are for temporary use only and should not be used with a space heater or electric blanket.
  • Never run electrical cords under a carpet or rug.

Smoke Alarms can save your life!

Smoke alarms are inexpensive and easy to install. For assistance with the location and installation of smoke alarms, contact us.

  • Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on every floor of the home and outside every sleeping area.
  • Have a friend or relative test your smoke alarm while you are asleep to ensure you can hear it.
  • Once a month, test the battery by pushing the test button and drift smoke from a snuffed-out candle into the alarm.
  • Once a year, change the battery.
  • To clean the smoke alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the unit with a soft brush attachment.
  • Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old.

Fire Escape Planning saves lives:

  • Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Be sure to include all hallways and stairs.
  • Know: (1) two ways out of every room (2) how to escape from all levels of your home.
  • Ensure all doors and windows can be unlocked or opened.

In case of fire – GET OUT AND STAY OUT – never go back into a burning building.

  • Crawl low near the floor to the nearest exit maintaining contact with the wall.
  • Test the door by feeling it with the back of your hand. If it is hot, do not open. Use an alternative route.
  • If the door and knob are cool, stay low with your shoulder against the door while opening slowly. Be ready to close the door if smoke and heat rush in.
  • If trapped, put as many closed doors as possible between you and the fire, and seal all cracks in doors and windows with towels or bedding.
  • If your clothing catches fire, stop where you are, drop gently to the ground and cover your face with your hands while rolling back-and-forth to put out the flames.
  • Cool minor burns with cold water.

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