Fire Safety for Elders

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, adults over the age of 65 are twice as likely to die in a fire as the U.S. population as a whole. Here are some tips to help prevent fires and keep you safe if they do!

  • Make sure to have working smoke detectors on every level of your home. If someone lives in your home that has hearing impairment, install smoke detectors that work for them as well.
  • If you smoke, be sure to use sturdy ashtrays, and empty them before they get too full. Make sure the butts and ashes are completely cool before you throw them out.
  • Keep space heaters away from anything that could catch fire. Turn them off before going to sleep or leaving the house.
  • Don’t leave cooking unattended, and set a timer to remind yourself that you are cooking.