Older adults have an increased risk of dying in a fire. The Gallatin Fire Department is committed to helping prevent older adult fire deaths in our community with these safety tips and community outreach to senior living places. Our consultations are customized to common home hazards and challenges for both residents and caregivers.
Seniors make up 14% of the population, but are involved with 36% of all fire fatalities.
Space Your Heaters
Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from things that can burn. Heaters can cause fires if they are too close to furniture, beds, or curtains. Turn space heaters off before you leave the home.
Avoid Fire & Medical Oxygen
Medical oxygen can explode if a flame or spark is near. Even if the oxygen is turned off, it can still catch on fire. If you smoke cigarettes, it is always safer to smoke outside.
Place Your Smoke Alarm Mindfully
You should have a smoke alarm inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas. Test to make sure the sound of the alarm is loud enough to wake you. Think about planning two ways out of every room if you were caught in a fire.
Talk About Your Plan
Make an escape plan around your abilities. If you need to use a wheelchair or cane, make sure you can get to them quickly. Keep eyeglasses, keys, hearing aids and a phone within reach next to your bed. Share your fire escape plan with family, neighbors, or building manager. Discuss your plan especially if you need extra help escaping.