- Safety for Older Adults
- Keeping Our Aging Parents Safe
- USFA Older Adult Fire Safety Programs
- CDC Fall Prevention Pamphlet
- The NFPA Remembering When program emphasizes 16 key fall prevention and fire safety messages using three different approaches: group presentations, a program for home visitors, and smoke alarm installation programs. Fire safety educators have the expertise and senior center and council on aging directors already work closely with the selected audience. Together you will make a great life safety team.
- U.S. Fire Administration's Fire Safety for People with Hearing Impairments
- MA Executive Office of Elder Affairs - State agency that supports older adults and councils on aging.
Senior SAFE Program – A New grant program for fire departments to work with other agencies to improve the fire and life safety of older adults in their communities.
Seniors face the same fire safety issues that we all do. But since people over age 65 account for 40% of the fire deaths each year in Massachusetts, it’s important to look at what causes senior fire deaths and injuries. Older adults are more than two times as likely to die in a fire than any other age group.
Cooking Fire Safety – cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home and is the #1 cause of fire injuries to older adults. Learn to Stand By Your Pan and stay in the kitchen when cooking and to “Put A Lid On It” to put out a stove-top fire. Click here for a short pamphlet on cooking fire safety.
Home Oxygen Safety – older adults are more likely to use medical oxygen at home. It’s important to learn about the new fire risks of bringing this important therapy into the home and the fire safety steps people should take. We have information in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Electrical Fire Safety – Electrical fires are one of the leading causes of fire deaths for older adults and in general. Some years it is the #1 cause and some it’s the #2 cause of fire deaths. For more information see our Electrical Fire Safety webpage.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms – Many of the fires that injure or kill older adults have one thing in common: no working smoke alarms. Older adults may want to ask someone else to test their alarms and replace the batteries when needed. (No need to risk falling off a chair or ladder.) Adult children and caregivers should offer to do so for them.