Fire safety for older adults
Please see the U.S. Fire Administration email below for some great outreach information on fire safety for older adults. Please consider sharing this information with your coworkers as part of your site’s Home Safety program.
"Fire safety for older adults
March's fire safety focus in older adult safety ( https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/older_adults.html ). People over 65 are twice as likely to die in a home fire. The risk of injury in a fire also increases with age.
To help your community learn about fire safety, consider sharing these tips on your social media platforms:
· Know two ways out of each room. Keep these exits clear.
· Make sure everyone is able to get outside if the smoke alarm sounds.
· Older adults may need your help escaping. Plan for this.
· Keep wheelchairs, eyeglasses, hearing aids and a telephone next to your bed.
Remember, USFA has a social media toolkit ( https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/media/social_toolkits/index.html ) that can help you plan your social media posts.
Are you planning a safety presentation for older adults or their caregivers?
USFA will release a new publication in March to help older adults and their caregivers learn how to keep themselves safe in their home.
You can order these booklets from the publication center. ( https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/publications/ )