Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Preparedness For Seniors

With the summer heat and dry weather, the danger of fire increases. According to the United States Fire Administration, seniors run a risk that is 2.5 times higher of dying in a fire than younger age groups and suffer a higher number of fire-related injuries. Some of the reasons include:
-Impaired sensory awareness – sight, sound and smell
-Diminished cognitive abilities due to depression or dementia
-Multiple medications which may impact the ability to make quick decisions
-Poverty may make it difficult to keep up with electrical repairs

Top 10 Things Seniors Can Do
-Install smoke detectors on each floor in your home, check and replace the batteries twice a year -Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and learn how to use it
-Replace frayed or damaged wiring electrical and never overload electrical outlets
-Always have a telephone near you
-Keep exits and hallways free of clutter
-Never smoke in bed or when feeling drowsy
-Never leave the stove or burning candles unattended
-Develop an escape plan around any limitations you may have
-Be sure your home address is visible and clearly marked
-If you suspect fire, call 9-1-1 --- Get out and stay out!

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