Tips for the Elderly

National Fire Protection Association [NFPA] statistics show that people age 65 and older are twice as likely to die in a home fire. The following fire tips are provided by the NFPA and can greatly reduce the risk of being injured or dying in a home fire.

Smoking
  • Use large, deep ashtrays
  • Wet cigarette ashes and butts before emptying ashtrays into the trashcan
  • Never smoke when you are in bed, drowsy, or laying down
Space Heaters
  • Give space heaters space - keep them at least three feet away from anything, including you.
  • Always unplug the heater when you shut it of, leave your home, or when you go to bed
Kitchen
Be kitchen wise:
  • Wear tight-fitting or rolled-up sleeves when cooking
  • Always use oven mitts to handle hot pans
  • If a pan or pot catches fire, slide a lid over it, turn off the burner, and call 911. (Let the Fire Department verify the fire is completely out)
  • Do not cook when you are drowsy from alcohol or medication
Stop, Drop & Roll
  • If your clothes catch on fire, stop (do not run), drop gently to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames
  • If you can not drop and roll, smother the flames with a towel or blanket
  • Immerse burns in cool water for 10-15 minutes. If your burns are severe, call 911 for medical attention
Smoke Alarm
Smoke alarms save lives.
  • Have your smoke alarms installed outside all bedrooms and on every level of your home
  • Test your smoke alarms once a month and make sure you can hear your smoke alarm
The Fire Department will assist you with installation and testing.

Escape Route
  • Plan and practice your escape route
  • Plan two ways to escape from every room
  • Make sure windows and doors open easily
  • Once you get out, stay out
911
Know the emergency number. In case of a fire, call 911 from a neighbor’s house. You may want to write 911 on your handset.

Abilities
  • Plan your escape around your abilities
  • Have a telephone in your bedroom
  • You may want to keep a whistle by your bed so you can alert someone where you are
  • Always keep your glasses with you or near you