Seniors & Fire

  • Americans over the age of 65 are one of the groups at highest risk of dying in a fire
  • People age 65 to 75 are twice as likely as the general population, 75 to 85 are three times as likely, and over 85 are 4.5 times as likely to be killed in a house fire
  • Having a working smoke alarm reduces one's chance of dying in a fire by nearly a half

Seniors and Fire Life-Saving Tips

Following these simple fire safety tips can increase your survival rate dramatically:

  • Develop and practice a home fire escape plan
  • Don't overload electrical outlets
  • Double-check the kitchen to be sure the oven and all small appliances are turned off before going to bed or leaving the house
  • In case of fire, crawl or stay low to the ground, beneath the smoke; get out and stay out
  • Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year; consider installing a 10-year lithium battery-powered smoke alarm, which is sealed so it cannot be tampered with or opened
  • Keep flammable materials, such as drapes and clothing, at least three feet away from your heater
  • The kitchen is a high danger zone for fire, so be extra cautious when cooking; remember not to leave food unattended and don't wear loose clothing when cooking
  • Never smoke in bed; replace mattresses made prior to the 1973 Federal Mattress Flammability Standard
  • Never use the range or oven to heat your home