Fire Safety for Older Adults
Older adults have a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the U.S. population as a whole.
Your risk of dying in a home fire is greater as you get older.
Discuss your fire escape plan with family and neighbors. Contact your building manager or fire department to discuss your plan if you need extra help escaping.
If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure that you can go through the doorways.
If you can’t hear your smoke alarm, consider getting one that has a different sound or one that comes with a bed shaker or strobe light.
Caregivers should check the smoke alarms of those who are unable to it themselves.
Never smoke around medical oxygen.
Use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.