August 1, 2016 by Anas Mustafa
Seniors are at an increased risk of having a fire break out in their home. This is due to several factors, including the fact that age-related changes make them prone to forgetfulness. This is exacerbated in adults with dementia. Further, as senses decline as a part of the natural life cycle, seniors may not even realize that a fire has broken out. This is particularly startling. Their decreased physical abilities make them less able to react to a fire. All of these factors contribute to an increased risk of seniors dying in a fire.
If a fire does break out, it is important that seniors know how to respond. Here are some tips that you can use to guide your older parents.
How to Prevent a Fire
Prevention is important. Cooking fires are the number one cause of fires for seniors. Remind them to never leave the stove unattended. If they need to do something, they should always turn off the stove. Smoking is also a primary cause of fire deaths in seniors. It is important that they always refrain from smoking in bed.
You can drastically increase the likelihood that your parents will survive a fire by installing a smoke alarm on each level of the home. It is especially important to install one near their bedroom so that they can hear it during the night. Ensure that you test the alarm on a monthly basis and that you change the batteries each year.
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