Jeffrey McNeel, deputy chief/fire marshal for Beaumont Fire-Rescue in Texas has a problem. His department responds to 10 times as many calls from its older citizens regarding falls or slips than it does for structure fires. Looking for assistance with this issue, he attended NFPA's Remembering WhenTM: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults training conference.
NFPA Journal columnist Lisa Braxton recently chatted with McNeel, who received a handful of useful materials during the conference as well as peer advice. “We have been traditionally focused on getting the smoke alarms in and teaching children how to react to fire, but there’s so much more that affects a family’s safety," McNeel told Braxton at the event. "People can fall and have a life changing, life-ending injury. We have to become proactive.”
Read the rest of Braxton's conversation in the January/February issue of Journal.