Fire & Life Safety for Older Adults
Oftentimes on this blog, due to the nature of the security industry, we address unfortunate subjects. Burglary and fire aren’t the most positive topics to touch on, and neither is the issue of “life safety” for senior citizens. However, burglary, fire and life safety for seniors are all very real and important topics.
There is a lot to learn about life safety, especially for the elderly, and being equipped with the proper information could mean the difference between life and death in a crisis situation.
The facts: older adults have an increased risk of dying in a fire. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), senior citizens represent 14 percent of the United States population, yet they suffered 36 percent of all fire deaths. Senior citizens also have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population does. In order to equip senior citizens with the proper safety information, we have listed some quick tips with brief explanations below.
Make Sure You Have an Emergency Plan in Place
Make sure you have a telephone near your bed in case you are trapped by smoke or fire in the middle of the night. Or better yet, rely on a professional security company to provide you with a trustworthy and responsive personal medical push-button alarm. A personal medical alarm is an easy-push button that is linked to a 24/7 alarm monitoring center. All one needs to do is press the button and it sends a call for emergency help to a trained professional who will contact the proper authorities. A personal medical alarm eliminates the stress of having to find and dial phone numbers in times of emergency. A good professional security company will install, test and instruct users until they are comfortable with their system.
Stay in the Kitchen When Cooking Food
While it may be tempting to go watch TV or sit outside and relax while your dinner cooks, it’s also extremely dangerous. Make sure to stay in the kitchen while you cook, and avoid cooking over an open flame with loose-fitting clothing.
Maintain Your Smoke Alarms
Make sure you have smoke alarms installed on every level of your home, inside each bathroom, and outside each sleeping area. Optimally, one should trust a professional security company to equip their home with an interconnected alarm system so when one alarm sounds, they all sound. Make sure you test your smoke alarms monthly, while it may seem tedious, it can save lives.
Always Remember the Classic line of Advice: “Stop, Drop and Roll”
If your clothes happen to catch on fire, rely on the advice you heard as a child – “stop, drop and roll.” It’s important not to run and fuel the flames with more oxygen. Try to drop gently to the ground and cover your face with your hands. Roll back and forth to put out the fire by smothering it. Wait three to five minutes until the flames go out and then apply cool water to cool the burn, and then seek medical attention right away.
If you follow these basic guidelines and rely on a professional security and alarm company to protect you and your home, the risk factors will go down.