Fire Safety Tips Every Senior Should Follow
Did you know that older adults are more likely to die in the event of a house fire than are younger people? Part of the reason may be that they don’t move as quickly or have physical disabilities that prevent them from getting out of the house. According to the U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA, around 2,000 people die in house fires each year. Older adults are at twice the risk of dying. The good news is that there are steps seniors and their family caregivers can take to prevent fires and stay safer at home.
Install and Maintain
Below are some fire safety tips your aging relative should know about and follow.
A smoke alarm can give older adults more time to get out of the house during a fire. Unfortunately, the majority of people who die in house fires live in homes with no smoke alarms or smoke alarms that do not work. There should be smoke alarms on every level of the house, in all bedrooms, and outside of them. Test the alarm to make sure the older adult can hear it, even when they are sleeping. Perform a monthly check of smoke alarms by pressing the test button on each of them. Replace batteries regularly. One way to make certain you don’t forget is to change them when you set your clocks ahead or back for daylight savings. Also, when you change the batteries, clean the alarm by dusting or vacuuming it.
Elderly care providers can assist with testing alarms each month, changing their batteries, and keeping them free of dust.
Be Safe When Cooking
The top cause of house fires is cooking. In addition, cooking is responsible for many burn injuries in older adults. To keep your elderly relative safe while cooking, remind them to stay in the kitchen when the stovetop is on. If they must leave the kitchen, even for a few minutes, they should turn the stove off. Don’t leave the oven on when leaving the house. Also, using a timer can remind seniors that something is cooking, so they don’t forget about it. Keep flammable items, like towels and potholders, away from the stovetop. Turn pot handles in, so the senior doesn’t accidentally bump them and cause hot food to spill.
Elderly care providers can reduce the chances of older adults getting burned or accidentally starting a kitchen fire. Elderly care providers can cook meals for the senior or assist them while they cook, ensuring they follow safety rules.
Heat the Home Safely
If your aging relative uses a space heater in their home, make sure they are doing so safely. Keep the heater a minimum of 3 feet away from anything flammable. Also, unplug the heater when it is not in use. Purchase space heaters that turn off when they are tipped. Have the senior’s furnace inspected yearly, if they have a fireplace, make sure it is cleaned and inspected each year. Use a mesh screen to prevent sparks from getting outside the fireplace.
Elderly care providers can check to make sure the senior is using space heaters safely and remove any safety hazards. They can also help the older adult to schedule maintenance appointments for the furnace or fireplace.
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