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Fire Safety for Older Adults

February 14th, 2018 | by admin admin | in Safety Advice |    2   comments

Many seniors live alone, putting them at greater risk in a fire. Medications and physical ailments may also impair mobility or the ability to make quick decisions. Following these fire safety tips, however, can prevent injuries:

Plan your escape. Know exactly where to go and what to do in a fire.

Install a smoke alarm on every floor, especially near sleeping areas. Use a cane or broom handle to gently push the alarm test button monthly. Can you hear the alarm throughout the house?

If you smoke, extinguish all cigarettes in large, deep ash trays. Never smoke if you are drowsy, lying down or in bed.

Wear tight-fitting or rolled up sleeves near the stove, and never leave your cooking unattended.

If your clothing catches fire, lower yourself to the ground, cover your face and roll over and over. Or, smother the flames with a towel or blanket.

Crawl low, under smoke.

Keep space heaters at least three feet away from everything, including you.

Source: The Fire Marshal's Public Safety Council (North York, Ont.)

Author: Susanna Chu

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