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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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.
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