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Fire safety advice for the elderly

May, 2013

It’s a sad statistic but within the elderly community the reality is around 167 people over the age of 65 die every year in fire related incidents; even when a brigade has been called. The main contributing factors to fatality are poor mobility, poor sense of smell and a reduced tolerance of smoke and burns. Major sources of ignition include cookers, materials, candles, coal fires, heaters and electric blankets.

This being the case we would like to provide some information for elderly relatives about keeping family members ‘fire safe’ in their home.

Below is some elderly care information and the Top 10 Tips straight from Shropshire Fire And Rescue Service on keeping their house safe:

  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms, we recommend at least one per floor

  • Never leave cooking unattended

  • Over 50% of house fires start in the kitchen. Perhaps use a timer as a reminder when cooking

  • Use torches rather than candles in a power cut

  • Never overload your sockets

  • Never smoke in bed

  • Keep matches and lighters away from visiting children

  • Never leave your television on stand-by

  • Close your kitchen and lounge door at night

  • Make a fire escape plan. Keep escape routes free from obstructions

Many Fire and Rescue Services carry out free home safety checks; to find out if your local fire service offer this please contact your local council. For helping finding contact details for your local council head over to the government website here.

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