A new report released by the National Fire Protection Association shows that those over the age of 75 are nearly three times as likely to die in a home fire as the general public. Ray Nance is the Public Information Officer for the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office and when we think about fire prevention, we often times think about educating children but there are also things that can be done to help protect older adults.
The program includes making sure older adults have an escape route out of their home. There needs to be at least two ways out of each room in the home. Residents should also have a telephone nearby in case they are trapped and need to call for help.
For older adults who are hearing impaired, Nance says there is special equipment available that will notify them of smoke in the home. There are smoke detectors that allow lights to be flashed or come on instead of sounding. Smoke alarms should be placed inside the bedrooms of older adults as well.
Statistics show those 75 years of age are three times as likely to die in a home fire and those 85 and over have more than three and a half times the risk of fire death. Statistics for those 65 and over ranges from 19 to 29 percent.
Other tips include avoid using space heaters, ban smoking inside a home and use extra care when using the kitchen. For those interested in learning more about fire prevention programs for older adults, contact the Nebraska State Fire Marshal’s Office.