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Thirty teams of fire service members and allied health professionals from around the country gathered in Las Vegas for the 2014 Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference.The event ran in advance of the NFPA Conference and Expo kicking off on Monday June 9. The event took place June 4-6 at the Luxor Hotel.
According to NFPA statistics, adults aged 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed in a home fire compared to the general population, and falls are the leading cause of death from injuries to those in the same age group. NFPA hosts this conference annually as part of its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults .
The Remembering When program was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Together, NFPA and CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – to help educate and protect the most vulnerable of older adults.
Each year, NFPA awards scholarships to establish partnerships between fire departments and home visit agencies for the implementation of Remembering When at the local level.
During the conference, participants discussed effective ways to perform group presentations for older adults to teach them about fire and fall risk reduction strategies, along with tips on how to include Remembering When components into home visits. The home visits allow the program to be personalized for each client’s unique safety needs in the home.
NFPA recently refreshed the program with updated statistics and other material. The Remembering When program and materials are available from NFPA at no cost and can be downloaded from the Remembering When page on NFPA's website.</p>