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Members of the fire service and allied health professionals who recently participated in the annual Remembering When™: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference have returned to their communities and are now implementing the program.


 

The 2 ½ day conference took place the first week of June in Las Vegas in advance of the NFPA Conference & Expo. During the highly interactive training, 30 teams from the fire service and representatives of agencies that serve older adults learned effective ways to conduct presentations for older adults to help them reduce their risk of fires and falls.


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John Little, 66, was confused when he heard his smoke alarms sound at about 11pm. That’s because he’s diligent about testing them regularly. “I thought that’s odd because I’d only just checked and changed the batteries,” he said.

When Little entered the kitchen, he saw flames coming out the back of his refrigerator. He grabbed a bucket of water and threw it on the fire. From there, he and his older brother Bruce, 77, escaped their home safely.THANKFUL: Smoke alarms warned John, 66, (left) and Bruce, 71, when their fridge caught fire recently after they went to bed. PHOTO/LYNDA FERINGA

The local newspaper noted that Little doesn’t like thinking about what might have happened had he not been alerted to the fire by smoke alarms. “It could have taken hold really quickly and we’d have probably been killed by the smoke… We got out in time.”

What’s Little’s advice? “ …make sure your smoke alarms are working. It could save your life.”

Yet another success story that reinforces why it’s so important to test your smoke alarms once a month and replace the batteries each year.

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