Fire Safety for Older Adults
Older adults are especially vulnerable when it comes to fire risk. As we age, our reaction time slows, medical or mobility issues impair our ability move quickly and medication may increase drowsiness or forgetfulness. Many Seniors who survive a fall never fully recover, they face chronic pain and reduced mobility which then puts them at risk for being injured or succumbing to a fire. All of these issues contribute to the fact that Seniors in Ontario are at a high risk of dying in a fire.
Smoke alarms are required on every story of the home - it's the law! Test them every month. If you are not able to stand on a ladder or chair, gently push the button with a cane or broom handle. If your smoke alarms are battery operated, change the batteries when you change your clocks. If you have difficulty climbing a ladder or a chair, please have a friend or family member install the smoke alarm for you as directed by the manufacturer’s instructions. If you have no one to assist you, please contact us.