The number of U.S. adults classified as seniors continues to swell; by 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, people 65 years or older are expected to make up 19 percent of the population, compared to just under 14 percent in 2012.
This group is also at a higher risk of dying in home fires than the general population. A new report by the Federal Emergency Management Agency concludes that fire and medical emergency services will need to develop a unique approach that addresses this aging population.
Maria Figueroa, communications project manager for NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative, states in the latest edition of NFPA Journal that home fire sprinklers are an effective response. "We need to engage life safety professionals about the importance of home fire sprinklers," she says. "Millions of aging Americans deserve to enjoy the rest of their lives in new homes fully protected by this national code requirement."
Read her column for more details.