Fire Safety for Older Adults

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The facts speak for themselves: Americans over the age of 65 are one of the groups at greatest risk of dying in a fire. On average, more than 1,000 Americans age 65 and over die in fires. People over the age of 85 die in fires at a rate five times higher than the rest of the population. However, there are a number of precautionary steps older Americans can take to dramatically reduce their chances of becoming a fire casualty.

Understanding the Risks

Why Are Older People at Risk?

Older Americans are at risk for fire death and injuries for a number of reasons:

What Fire Hazards Affect Older People?

Safety Tips for Older Americans

Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.