Fire safety outreach materials for older adults

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.

Statistics to share

Source: “Fire Risk to Older Adults in 2010” PDF 479 KB

Outreach materials from the U.S. Fire Administration

Fire-Safe Seniors program

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:

  1. Home assessments to determine the need for smoke alarms and identify any existing fire hazards in older adults’ homes.
  2. Smoke alarm installation to ensure participants’ homes are adequately equipped with working smoke alarms.
  3. Education to provide in-person fire safety messages and tips to older adults, their family members and caregivers.
  4. Follow-up to determine if alarms are still working; to assess any changes in the older adults’ fire safety knowledge, attitudes and behaviors; and to see if any fires have occurred.

Fire-Safe Seniors toolkit

A toolkit is available to help you implement the program. It contains:

Cover for the Fire Safe Seniors Program implementation guide

Tools

Handouts

For more information about the “Fire-Safe Seniors” toolkit, please email FEMA-FireisEveryonesFight@fema.dhs.gov.

Public service announcements

Social media messages

Copy and paste these messages to your social media accounts and ask your followers to share.

Twitter

Adults 65+ are 2x as likely to die in fires. Watch this short video for older adult #firesafety tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xv8bdKhBno

Facebook

As you age, your risk of death from fire increases significantly. Adults 65 and over are twice as likely to die in fires. Practice safe smoking, safe cooking and safe heating in your home. Watch this short video on fire safety for older adults – and all of us! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xv8bdKhBno

Stock photography and b-roll

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.

Fire Prevention and Public Education Exchange

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

“Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults” handout

This booklet is designed to help seniors and their caregivers learn about fire safety. Available in English and Spanish.

“Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults” (English)
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“Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults” (Spanish)
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Outreach materials from other organizations

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.

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