Comfort Keepers At Home Care in Gainesville, FL: Fire Safety And Prevention For Seniors
At Home Care experts - Comfort Keepers of Gainesville, discuss the following tips and tricks for preventing fires in the home this winter
As we age, we become increasingly weaker and need more and more assistance to maintain our independence. If your loved one is a senior, you may have started worrying about their safety. Fire safety and prevention is a major concern for seniors. Comfort Keepers at home care professionals can help your loved one fireproof their home and practice fire safety on a daily basis.
Comfort Keepers at home care makes fire safety a major part of our Interactive Caregiving program. This is because data from the U.S. Fire Administration and other agencies show that seniors are at a disproportionately higher risk of dying in a fire than any other age group. In fact, while seniors account for only 14% of the overall population, they account for as many as 40% of fire deaths overall.
How does this alarming discrepancy come about? It is the result of a number of risk factors faced by people over a certain age.
Generally speaking, seniors face decreased mobility. Decreased mobility can make escaping from a fire very difficult. At the same time, a senior's senses are often impeded, making the situation even worse. Reaction time plays a role as well. Seniors generally react less quickly than younger people and are often under the influence of prescription medication that can prevent make them more vulnerable.
Comfort Keepers at home care professionals have put together a list of fire safety guidelines that will help you and your loved one reduce their risk at home.
Let's take a look:
- Smoke detectors are a must and their batteries have to be fully charged.
- An emergency escape plan for your loved one's home may seem silly but it can make a major difference in helping them make the right split-second decision in case of a fire.
- Kitchen safety can prevent deadly fire outbreaks.
- Smoking inside the home is hazardous.
- If your loved one lives in an older home, professionals should check out the wiring.
There are a number of precautions Comfort Keepers at home care can take to help keep your loved one safe. Our trained professionals can come to your loved one's home and make a fire safety assessment. The next step would be to take care of any issues in your loved one's home.
To find out more about our caregivers and how we can help improve your loved one's quality of life, please give us a call today.