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Escape Plans for Older Adults

Escape Planning For Older Adults
Knowing what to do in the event of a fire is particularly important for older adults.  At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.  Here are some safety tips to consider:

Keep it low
Consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor in order to make emergency escape easier.  Make sure smoke detectors are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping areas.  Have a telephone easily accessible where you sleep in case of an emergency.

Sound the alarm
The majority of fatal fires occur when people are sleeping.  Because smoke can put you into a deeper sleep rather than waking you, it’s important to have a mechanical early warning device to alert you in the event of a fire.  If anyone in your household is hearing impaired, consider installing smoke detectors that us a flashing light or vibration to alert you. 

Do the drill
Conduct your own or participate in, regular fire drills to make sure you know what to do in the event of a home fire.  If you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist and decide on backups in case the designee isn’t home.  Fire drills are also a good opportunity to make sure that everyone is able to hear and respond to smoke detectors.

Open up
Make sure that you are able to open all doors and windows in your home.  Locks and pins should open EASILY from inside.

Stay connected
Keep a telephone nearby, along with emergency phone numbers so that you can communicate with emergency personnel if you’re trapped in your room by fire or smoke.

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