Knowing what’s necessary to do if there is ever a fire is especially imperative for older adults. At the age of 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or wounded by fires compared to the population as a whole. With the numbers increasing annually, adults at the age of 65 or older take up approximately 12 percent of the population. Therefore, it is necessary to take the required steps to stay safe.
TIPS ON SAFETY
To enhance fire safety for older adults, follow these guidelines:
If you don't live in an apartment building, think about sleeping in a room on the floor so that it is easier to make an emergency escape. Be sure that fire alarms are put into every sleeping room and outside or around any sleeping areas. Get a phone installed by where you sleep in the case that there is an emergency. When searching for an apartment watch for one with an automatic sprinkler system. Sprinklers are able to put out a home fire in less time that it takes for the fire department to show up.
A majority of lethal fires take place when people are asleep, and since smoke is able to situate you with a deeper sleep instead of waking you up, it´s imperative to have an automatic premature warning of a fire to guarantee that you wake up. If somebody including yourself in your house is deaf think about installing a smoke alarm that uses a light or vibration to alert you of an emergency.
DRILL YOUR ROUTINE
Carry out your own, or take part in, routine fire drills to ensure you’re aware of what to do if there ever is a home fire. If you or someone you reside with are not able get out alone, assign a member of the household to lend a hand, and settle on backups in the case that the designee isn't home. Fire drills are also a great chance to confirm that everybody is able to hear and react to smoke alarms.
OPEN LOCKS, ETC.
Be sure that you are capable of opening all doors and windows inside of your home. Locks should be able to open with no trouble from inside. Verify that windows haven't been sealed with paint or nailed shut; if they have, organize for someone to fracture the seals around your home or take the nails out.
Have a phone close by, alongside emergency phone numbers so that you’re able to be in touch with emergency workers if you're locked in your room by fire or smoke.
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