After age 65, the chance of dying in a house fire is twice as likely as the rest of the population.
What you can do....
Consider sleeping on the ground floor to allow for an easier escape in an emergency. Remember that elevators cannot be used during a fire, so your senior must be comfortable with steps if present in the home.
Practice fire escape plans and make sure your senior can exit safely. Keep all exits clear and make sure all doors and windows open if possible.
Make sure smoke alarms are present and working. Accommodations should be made for deaf or hard of hearing, contact us or your local fire department for questions on how to receive deaf/hard of hearing smoke alarms.
Stay in contact with your senior and their needs. Make sure they have a working phone and know how to use it. Also, have all emergency numbers nearby if needed.
NFPA's Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults
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