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Vol. 2, No. 8 | August 2010

 

 

 

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Fire Safety Tips
Take care of yourself, and your loved ones

US MED Gives BackAmericans over the age of 65 have a fire death rate nearly twice the national average. For those over 75, this jumps to three times the national average. Whether living independently or in a care facility, there are steps seniors can take to remain safe from fire.

Kitchen Caution

Don't leave food unattended on the stove. If you must leave the kitchen, take a wooden spoon or potholder as a reminder.

Wear short or close fitting sleeves and an apron to avoid catching clothes on fire.

When cooking, keep a pot lid close by. In case of a pan fire, use the lid to smother the fire.

Clean the stove and toaster regularly to avoid grease and crumb buildup.

Use potholders, not towels, to handle hot pans and dishes.

Don't use the oven to heat your home.



Heating Hazards


Keep everything at least one foot from any heat source.

Unplug electrical appliances and heaters when not using them.

Never hang clothes near a heater to dry them.

Don't leave portable heaters alone or go to sleep while they are on.

Make sure curtains hang well away from heat sources
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Safe Smoking

Never smoke in bed or while lying on the couch. Smoke only when alert- never when tired or drowsy.

Use a large, sturdy ashtray or purchase a special "safety ashtray".

After using an ashtray, leave it on the kitchen counter or in the sink overnight before emptying. Always empty ashtrays into a nonburnable container, such as a metal garbage can.

At Bed Time

Keep your robe, slippers, eyeglasses and house keys close by the bed.

Check to be sure that any space heaters are turned off and heat is turned down.

Close your bedroom door while sleeping.

Be Prepared

Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home. Check smoke alarms monthly. If you need a smoke alarm, call your local Fire Department.

Plan your escape routes (two from every room, if possible) in case a fire does strike. Locate two exit stairways from your apartment building. Never use elevators in a fire.

Calling 9.1.1

Place a 9.1.1 sticker on your phone so that you will always have the number at your fingertips during an emergency.

Call 9.1.1 from a safe location for any fire, medical or police emergency.

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