Emergency Preparedness for Seniors
Safety Tips from Homewatch CareGivers
It’s an unfortunate fact: Statistics show the elderly are 2.5 times more likely to die in a residential fire than the rest of the population, according to the National Fire Protection Association. For seniors, seemingly “everyday” things can cause potential danger: an open flame on the stove, smoking cigarettes, or heating equipment, can cause a fire that could lead to injury or death. Luckily, home care can help.
Home care can help prevent fire hazards and keep your elderly loved ones safe by addressing the following:
- Install smoke-detecting alarms in every sleeping room and outside of any sleeping areas and check the batteries annually.
- Have your elderly loved one sleep on the first floor, when possible, to make an emergency escape easier and quicker.
- Do fire drills to prepare in the case of an actual fire, so your loved one knows what to do in case there is a fire in the home and she or he must evacuate.
- Keep a phone nearby at all times so your senior has easy access to dial out for help.