top of page
  • Writer's pictureArwen Rasmussen

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.


4 views0 comments


bottom of page