Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fire Safety and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults

The Southlake Fire Department is excited to announce a new program:  Remembering When:  A Fire Safety and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults.

The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the program. The goal is to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.

The program focuses on ‘falls and fire prevention.’ Last year, 163 Texans perished in fires.  Of those, 36% were senior citizens. ‘Remembering When’ is designed to help protect senior citizens against fire dangers and falls in their home. It was developed by experts from national and local safety organizations as well as through focus group testing in high-fire-risk states.

Adults of elderly parents can assist their loved ones by making sure they follow the recommended safety tips for the ‘Remembering When’ program. Here are just a few of the safety guidelines for fire safety and fall prevention:

  • Keep walkways and stairways free of tripping hazards
  • Use nightlights to light the way from bedroom to bathroom
  • Make sure there are non-slip mats in and outside bathtubs and showers
  • Install ‘grab bars’ in tubs and showers to provide support
  • Provide sturdy, easy-to-grip handrails on both sides of the stairs
  • Inspect electrical cords for fire hazards and ensure they won’t trip seniors
  • If space heaters are used, make sure they are at least three feet away from anything flammable
  • Check smoke alarms monthly
  • Make sure loved ones have an escape route in the event of a fire and practice it with them
  • Is a medical alert button needed?

For more safety tips and information, you can check out the National Fire Prevention Association http://bit.ly/1oK0Hhq.

If you are interested in a home inspection or would like to have our public education team do a presentation, please contact Renni Burt at 817-748-8349.