Older adults have an increased risk of dying in a fire. Help prevent older adult fire casualties in your community with these safety tips, social media messages, public service announcements and handouts developed by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and other organizations.
These free materials are yours to use when educating older adults (ages 65 and over) and their caregivers about the importance of home fire safety.
Source: “Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2010” PDF 479 KB
The “Fire-Safe Seniors” program helps you plan and implement fire safety interventions for the high-risk group of older adults. It can be used by organizations that serve seniors at the national, state or community level, such as fire departments, meal delivery programs, home companion groups, senior center associations, and many other groups.
The program, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USFA, consists of these fire safety elements:
A toolkit is available to help you implement the program. It contains:
For more information about the “Fire-Safe Seniors” toolkit, please email FEMA-FireisEveryonesFight@fema.dhs.gov.
Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.
Use our free high-resolution photos and high-definition b-roll footage to customize your materials and help spread the word in your community about fire safety for older adults.
The Exchange serves as a centralized location for national, state and local fire prevention and life safety practices and public education materials that organizations may wish to share with other communities. Visit the Exchange
This booklet is designed to help seniors and their caregivers learn about fire safety. Available in English and Spanish.
The U.S. Fire Administration recommends the following organizations as trusted and reliable sources for free outreach materials you can use to help increase awareness about fires in your community.
National Fire Protection Association
“Remembering When” is a fire and fall prevention program to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible.
The National Fire Protection Association helps to reduce fire loss through consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.
Electrical Safety Foundation International
The “Home Fire Safety for Older Adults” toolkit includes safety tip sheets that provide information about fire hazards related to cooking, heating and electrical equipment, major causes of home fires every year.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.