When you first think of Fire Prevention Week (FPW), you probably think of an event to reach children. You might have visions of red plastic firefighter hats, school fire drills, and children learning fire-safety behaviors in the classroom. The truth is that Fire Prevention Week is for all ages and reaching the older adults in your community during this time is particularly important. Adults age 65 and older make up about 12 percent of the population in the United States and Canada.
Compared to the general population, however, older adults are twice as likely to die in a fire. Also, each year, 30 percent of people age 65 and older suffer a fall. In fact, falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury among older adults.
NFPA provides detailed information on the FPW site on how to set up an open house for older adults in a variety of venues, such as the fire station, senior center, public library, place of worship, or parks and recreation facility. You can set up interactive stations to make learning fun and meaningful for older adults. Some examples of themes for your stations include escape planning, what’s new in smoke alarms, cooking safety, and fall prevention. Download free colorful new posters in English and Spanish on escape planning, cooking safety, smoke alarms, and heating safety to give to older adults to hang in their home, places of worship, or senior centers You can also download copies of NFPA’s Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults PowerPoint presentations for free and learn how to obtain the complete Remembering When curriculum.
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