Emergency Management News

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fire Safety for Older Adults #OKfire #AltusOK #OKready

We all have an important role to play when it comes to preventing fires, especially during the winter season when home fires increase. As the mercury plunges, help ensure the safety of individuals in your family or community that are most at-risk for fires – older adults.  According to theU.S. Fire Administration (USFA), adults age 65 or over are twice as likely to suffer fatal injuries in a home fire.
Follow these tips from the USFA to help older loved ones safely enjoy the winter months:
  • Make sure there is a working fire alarm installed on each level of their home;
  • Conduct a home assessment to identify existing fire hazards;
  • Educate them and their caregivers on how to prevent fires; and
  • Have a fire escape plan with easily accessible escape routes. 
For community-wide fire education, the USFA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developed the “Fire-Safe Seniors” program to plan and implement fire safety interventions for older adults. Access the free toolkits, handouts, and other resources to prepare your community today! Your efforts can also count towards participation in America’s PrepareAthon! so be sure to register on the campaign’s website.   
With a good understanding of fire prevention, older adults can stay safe this winter and seasons to come.

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