Senior Firesafety

Fire Safety Tips for Older Adults

Protect yourself, prevention is the best way to keep your home safe from fire.

Be Kitchen Wise: Never leave cooking unattended. Wear clothes with tight fitting sleeves when you cook. Always set a kitchen timer to remind you to turn off the burners and oven. Keep stove surfaces free of clutter and built-up of grease.

Be Smoker Wary: Use large, deep, non tip ashtrays. Empty ashtrays often, wetting the contents before dumping into the trash. Never smoke in bed or while consuming alcohol or taking medication that could make you drowsy or disoriented.

Give Space Heaters Space: Keep electric portable space heaters at least 3-feet from everything—including you! Just brushing against one could set your clothing on fire.

Install Smoke Detectors: Be sure to have smoke detectors outside all sleeping areas and on every level of your home, including the basement. Test your detectors monthly, and change your batteries once a year. If you sleep in a room with the doors closed, install a smoke detector inside the room as well. If you are hearing impaired, use a tested and approved smoke detector that triggers a strobe light.