New free NFPA fall prevention posters are available for older adults in your community
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of three adults 65 and older fall each year. In fact, falls are the leading cause of injury death among older adults age 65 and older. To help prevent falls and to enhance NFPA’s Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, NFPA’s Public Education Division has just published three new fall prevention posters in English and Spanish that cover the topics of exercising for balance, installing handrails, and removing clutter. Earlier this year, four fire safety posters were posted on the topics of escape planning, smoke alarms, space heater safety, and cooking safety.
The 8 ½-by-11 four-color posters, which can be downloaded from NFPA’s website, can be put on bulletin boards or windows of senior centers, fire stations, places of worship, grocery stores, restaurants, libraries, senior housing, or assisted-living buildings. They can also be handed directly to older adults who attend a group presentation or are visited in the home. There is also room on the posters for local fire department contact information.
The following are examples of the fall and fire prevention posters.