Adults 65 or older comprise only 13 percent of the U.S. population, but 30 percent of all home fire victims fell into this age group, according to NFPA. Trends examined by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that by 2030 all baby boomers will be older than 65. This age group is expected to outnumber children for the first time in U.S. history.
All the more reason, say safety advocates, to protect the country's new housing stock with home fire sprinklers. This technology recently helped save older adults during a residential fire in Bath, Maine. A quick response from firefighters complemented the sprinkler's activation. "The sprinkler system in the hallways did activate so I think that was in our favor as well,” Bath Fire Chief Lawrence Renaud told The Times Record. “I can’t advocate enough about sprinkler systems. They do save property and lives.”
According to the report, a resident was transported to the hospital but likely due to anxiety and not the fire.
If you're an older adult or if you're seeking housing for one, please consider a home with fire sprinklers. Also, please adhere to these safety tips for older adults.