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5 Tips to Encourage Fire Safety for Seniors

We may remember hearing the stories about how, as children, Mom or Dad lived in homes that were heated primarily by wood or coal stoves and maybe a few space heaters to knock off the chill in upstairs bedrooms. Now that they are aging and you see they are getting a little forgetful or careless, you are, no doubt, glad that their home is heated with a furnace instead of logs or coal.

But with the reminder that October is National Fire Safety Month, now is a good time to do what we can to help Mom and Dad remain safe from fire hazards.

It’s a pretty safe bet they remember “Stop. Drop. Roll.” from your childhood school lessons. But it is always a good idea to jog the memory. Thankfully, clothing, bedding and furniture are much more fire-retardant these days and even portable heaters are safer. Homes are equipped with fire detectors and fire extinguishers are readily available for home use.

But still, there are house fires and many destroy everything a family spent a lifetime collecting. People and their pets are hurt. According to the National Volunteer Fire Council, house fires also affect an estimated 500,000 family pets each year. For the elderly, a fire can take a huge toll both physically and emotionally.

Here at Keeping in Touch Solutions, we know caregivers, whether they are close or miles away, want their aging loved ones to be as safe in their homes so we offer the following suggestions:

  1. Get a bell, chip or tag for pets. Make a sign telling how many pets, what type they are and their names. Post it on the home. Animals tend to hide in fire emergencies. Hearing a bell or calling their name may keep them safe.
  2. Make sure exit doors and windows can easily be opened and closed. Avoid placing throw rugs at doors, especially if the rug gets stuck easily under the door.
  3. Make sure smoke detectors work and change batteries at least one a year – now is a good time.
  4. Avoid using frayed electrical cords or overloaded wall outlets.
  5. Don’t be careless with candles or cigarette smoking.

A daily check-in call could be the lifeline, the joy you give someone that makes the biggest difference in their perception of what old age is like.

Contact me at 317-480-1038 today. Let’s make a difference together.

diana beam

I’m Diana Beam, Founder of Keeping in Touch Solutions. It is my heartfelt desire for every person to live a happy and healthy life in the place they call home, no matter what their age. You can’t put a price on peace of mind for your parents and yourself. It’s priceless . . . and significant.

For that reason, the goal of every Keeping In Touch Solutions program is to provide a caring connection and service that both the elderly and their caregivers can rely on to make living that good life easier.

 

 

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