Safety & medical care for the elderly

May, 2013

A few days ago we provided some information for elderly residents and their families surrounding fire safety as well as giving some tips and advice for the elderly straight from a Fire and Rescue Service on minimising fire related accidents within the home.

We’ve covered ways to reduce the risk, but what happens if a fire still breaks out? After all elderly fire safety is not just about preventing fires but also what to do if one starts.

If there is a fire:

  • Do not try to fight the fire yourself

  • Get out and stay out.

  • Close the door behind you.

  • Call 911.

  • If there is smoke, try to get low to the ground and cover your mouth.

  • If you are trapped, close the doors between you and the fire. Call the fire department.

  • Do not use the elevator.

If any part of your clothing is on fire:

  • Do not run or try to put out with your hands

  • Cover your face with your hands

  • Drop to the ground and roll over and over.

What happens if the fire causes injury, specifically a burn? They may be deeper than they appear and should be treated with medical attention.

If your loved ones are burned:

  • Run burn under cool water

  • Cover burn with a sterile pad or clean sheet

  • Never apply ointment, grease or butter

  • Seek medical attention immediately to prevent infection and inflammation.

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