Fire safety outreach materials for older adults

Older adults have an increased risk of dying in a fire. Help prevent older adult fire deaths 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

Older adults face the greatest relative risk of dying in a fire. In 2015, older adults:

Digital media library

Here you’ll find social media content, pictographs, stock photos, videos and b-roll to increase awareness about fire safety for older adults.

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items for older adults to keep by their besides in case of an emergency

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.

Learn how you can get the free Fire-Safe Seniors program toolkit and handouts.

Door hangers

How to print after download

These hangers are easy to print and assemble on ready-made perforated door hanger templates that you can buy at your local or online office supply store. We recommend buying templates with the following specifications:

  • 90 lb. stock
  • 2-up on 8.5" x 11" sheet
  • 1.25" perforated hole (left in)
  • Microperforated between door hangers
  • Compatible with copiers, laser, inkjet and offset presses

Handouts and posters

up in smoke fire escape poster
Make a Fire Escape Plan Around Your Abilities poster
Order Up in Smoke outreach materials

Free publication to order: Fire Safety Checklist for Older Adults

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

Order or download English | Order or download Spanish

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

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 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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