The two leading causes of fire deaths and injuries among older adults are smoking materials and the misuse of portable space heaters.
Tips to remember:
Smokers should have a designated area away from upholstered materials, such as the kitchen table.
Never smoke in bed while reading – it is too easy to fall asleep and print materials are highly flammable.
Sleep with the bedroom door closed in order to provide more time to escape if a fire occurs.
Keep space heaters well-ventilated and at least three feet away from flammable materials. Unplug space heaters when not in use.
Extension cords are for temporary use only and should not be used with a space heater or electric blanket.
Never run electrical cords under a carpet or rug.
Smoke alarms can save your life!
Smoke alarms are inexpensive and easy to install. Ensure there is a working smoke alarm on every floor of the home and outside every sleeping area.
Have a friend or relative test your smoke alarm while you are asleep to ensure you can hear it.
Once a month, test the battery by pressing the test button.
Once a year, change the battery.
To clean the smoke alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the unit with a soft brush attachment.
Replace smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old.
Fire escape planning saves lives:
Develop and practice a fire escape plan. Be sure to include all hallways and stairs.
If a fire starts, get out and do not go back in.