Fall Prevention and Fire Safety for Senior Citizens.
A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.
Fact: At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires or falls.
Fact: Thirty percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year, the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home.
Fact: In the U.S. and Canada, adults age 65 and older make up about twelve percent of the population – and their numbers are increasing.
This is a presentation of interesting facts, including a discusion about prevention of fire and tactics for escaping from fire, safe cooking, and fall prevention.
There is even a Trivia bowl to keep it interesting. Here is an example...
Sports Question: Which three-time world champion figure skater won an Olympic gold medal in 1968?
Bonus Question: You’ve noticed your son cooking at the stove while he’s wearing a necktie without a tie clip. What do you tell him? Answer: Wear close-fitting clothing because loose clothing can dangle onto stove burners and catch fire.Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults©1999 NFPA Center for High-Risk Outreach
Senior Citizens must remember that limitations require extra planning. Are you on oxygen? Do you use a walker? Do you have difficulty seeing at night or in the dark? How would you stop, drop and roll if your clothes caught fire? All of these require extra planning.
Get Alarmed Smoke Alarm installation program
Firefighters will come to your home to check your smoke alarms or replace them if necessary. Contact fire department headquarters during business hours at 740-2616 to schedule an appointment. We will ensure your alarms are functioning and if needed, we will install new one in the hallways out side sleeping areas and one on each level. These alarm can save your life, if you keep them functioning and have a plan for escape.
Once you have your fire safety plan in place decide if you are ready for all sorts of hazards ranging from hurricanes to floods, earthquakes or man made disasters.
Ready Lowcountry is a tri- county effort to localize the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) National Ready Campaign.
Ready Lowcountry will help individuals, families, businesses and children in the community prepare for all types of emergencies and to take care of themselves in the event of a disaster by encouraging everyone to just take these steps:
1. Get a kit of emergency supplies
2. Make a plan of what you will do
3. Be informed about what might happen
4. Get involved in preparing your community
Having a plan and the tools in place to make it on your own for a period of time can be crucial!
Visit CERT's Upcoming Events to learn more.
Tom Crosby, Chairman