Fire Prevention Tips for Older Adults
Fires can be prevented. A few easy steps can save your life!
If you're hearing-impaired, install smoke alarms with flashing lights or vibrating signals.
Make an escape plan. Ask your family, building manager, or neighbors to help you practice your plan.
Consider sleeping on the ground floor to make escape easier.
Install ramps or widen doorways, if needed, to make escape easier.
Keep a phone and emergency numbers nearby so you can call for help.
Never smoke in bed or when you are sleepy, using alcohol, or taking medications.
Cook safely. Use a timer, and if you must leave the kitchen while cooking, take along a pot holder or dish towel to remind you to go back to the kitchen.
Keep space heaters at least 3 feet from beds, blankets, furniture, and curtains.
Have an electrician check your home's wiring every 10 years. Never overload outlets or extension cords.
If you have a disability, are hard of hearing, or have vision problems, ask emergency providers to keep your special needs information on file.
Older Adults and Home Fires Facts
Older adults (ages 65 and older) are twice as likely as any other age group to die in a home fire.
Older adults are also at higher risk of injury from fires.
The fire death rate for people 85 and older is five times the national average.
Careless smoking accounts for nearly one third of fire deaths among adults over age 70.
One third of all adults ages 70 and older have some form of hearing impairment.