A news story from the Taunton Daily Gazette underscores a startling statistic: of the 19 home fire deaths that occurred through April in Massachusetts, more than half were senior citizens.
The story serves as a reminder that adults over 50 face a higher risk of home fire death when compared with the overall population, per NFPA data. "It's a tough thing. It's tough for the neighbors, the friends and family, and it's not easy for firefighters, either," Concord, Massachusetts, Fire Chief Mark Cotreau told the newspaper. "I think in general what people will get from these tragedies is a reminder of the basics of how to stay safe in your house."
Get the full story by visiting NFPA's Fire Sprinkler Initiative blog.