NYC Senior Fire Safety -Part 1
People age 65 and older are more likely to be injured or die in a household fire. The best fire prevention begins with knowledge and awareness. Here, we have a few highlights and tips.
Fire Prevention Almost 90% of deaths and 80% of injuries people ages 65 and older resulting from household fires are very preventable. Whether the fire is ignited by a cigarette or cooking equipment, fire prevention awareness is the foundation of fire safety.
Smokers’ tips: (Note: Smoking fires are the leading cause of fire-related deaths for those ages 65+)
- Mostly importantly, never leave a lighted cigarette unattended anywhere- not even an ashtray.
- Ashtrays should not tilt, or be unbalanced, whatsoever.
- Smoking in bed is unsafe and should never be done. Lying down promotes drowsiness, which very well may lead to an unattended cigarette.
- Never smoke near or around an oxygen tank.
Electrical Fire Prevention:
- Allow electronics to have ample space from anything else to avoid over-heating.
- Avoid plugging more than two electronic appliances in one socket.
- Never run cords under fabric or carpet.
- Use light bulbs with wattage specified as appropriate by the device’s manufacturer.
- Pay attention to smells while appliances are plugged in. If something smells different, the appliance could be malfunctioning and beginning to burn.
- Never plug anything into an outlet that is not in proper condition.
Home Heating Fire Prevention:
- Exclusively purchase heaters with an automatic power shut-off function.
- Allow 3 feet between a heater and any combustible material.
- Heaters should only be placed on floors.
- Never leave a heater powered-on unattended.
- Never use an electric blanket with frayed cords.
- Do not use electric blankets that are damp.
- Replace electric blankets after a maximum of 10 years.
- Avoid leaving electric blankets powered-on all night. Instead, turn on the blanket to warm you bed and turn it off before sleeping.
Kitchen Fire Prevention:
- Never leave in-use stove or ovens unattended.
- Wear tighter fitting clothing while cooking to avoid any loose fabric catching fire.
Keep a large amount of baking soda on hand. If a kitchen fire occurs, extinguish the flames with the baking soda.
Check out our next post for more tips!