Older adults tend to fall under the vulnerable category for a reason. It is because they are more likely to get into accidents or injure themselves. One of the biggest causes of such accidents is fires. This is mainly due to their decreased cognitive functions and low mobility. Thus, that is why it is crucial for us to teach some fire safety tips to these individuals. This way not only can we go on to prevent fires. But we can also reduce the possibility of them suffering fire-related injuries.
Put Out Your Cigarettes
No matter how many perfect fire safety talks we give seniors they still continue to smoke. That is because at this point in their life they are no longer worried about smoking affecting their health. Therefore many of them continue to smoke in bed. But what they fail to understand is how dangerous such an activity can be. Not only do many of them have oxygen tanks near their beds. But it is also possible for them to fall asleep without putting off their cigarettes. However, we know that we cannot stop them from smoking altogether. Thus, that is why we are instead advising them to smoke outside. If you do want to smoke inside you need to make sure that you use an ashtray to put off the cigarettes. Moreover, it would also be a good idea to invest in heavy ashtrays. That is because this way it is less likely to fall off the table.
Have Smoke Alarms
If you live in an assisted care facility we can guarantee that there would be great fire equipment nearby. Furthermore, the staff would also be trained to use them. But what if you are living alone? Sometimes a fire can occur when you are asleep or when you are in the next room. Then it would only be possible for you to survive if the fire alarm goes off. Thus, that is why it is imperative for you to install a fire alarm system in your house.
Furthermore, remember that there should be a fire alarm in each and every room. Then if one alarm goes off so would the rest. This way even if you are hard of hearing you would definitely hear this sound. We also advise you to test the alarms every month. This is one of the most important steps that you have to take to ensure your survival in case of a fire.As senior citizens, we understand that you now live in a dangerous world. But there are steps that you can take to ensure your safety.