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Homecare Solutions For Fire Safety In Shelton, CT
Oct 11, 2018 by Mark McGoldrick
Find out how our homecare solutions can help improve your loved one's fire safety in Shelton, CT
Fire safety becomes increasingly important as we age. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the property damage caused by fires in 2016 was a staggering $10 billion, with more than 3,000 deaths and 14,000 injuries. And, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, "Older adults face the greatest risk...a 2.7 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population." And seniors "85 and over were 3.8 times more likely to die in a fire than the total population." Despite the increased risk associated with fire, seniors can significantly improve their safety through a few simple measures. Consider these suggestions from Comfort Keepers homecare solutions:
- Smoke detectors and ABC-rated fire extinguishers are great lines of defense, but they only help if they are functional. Smoke detectors should be checked every month and their batteries should be changed at least twice a year. Ensure the charges on the fire extinguishers are good when changing smoke detector batteries. Fire extinguishers should be in the kitchen, bedroom, and living room, at a minimum. Seniors who need a reminder on fire extinguisher use should contact their local fire department.
- Create and practice an escape plan that considers the various rooms a senior may be in during a fire as well as any disabilities or other challenges a senior may have in safely evacuating their home. Comfort Keepers homecare solutions can help your loved one create a plan that is safe and effective.
- Many home fires start in the kitchen. Never leave the home while food is cooking on the stove or in the oven. Setting a timer can help seniors remember to check food that is simmering or baking.
- Space heaters should never be covered and should be at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture, and other flammable objects.
- Get help when needed. Comfort Keeper homecare solutions can help your senior loved one keep their safety equipment up-to-date, create an evacuation plan, prepare meals, and even perform a detailed home safety inspection.
For more information about fire safety and risk reduction or to learn more about the many ways Comfort Keepers can help your senior loved one safely and securely age in place, contact a care coordinator today.