NFPA has been promoting fall and fire prevention for older adults through its Remembering When program since 1998. Over the past 17 years, we've trained approximately 300 local coalitions nationwide on how to implement the program locally. In turn, those coalitions have worked diligently to educate older adults in their communities about falls and fire prevention.
An recent article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Program dedicated to educating seniors reduces rate of falls and fires”, highlighted the efforts and impact of one such coalition in Blaine, Minnesota.
Becky Booker of the Spring Lake Park-Blaine-Mounds Fire Department, and Brian McDonald, an owner of Synergy Home Care, have completed 15 presentations that have reached some 300 people since they were trained by NFPA, with more presentations planned this spring.
According to the article, when Booker and McDonald visit a facility for the first time, about 90 percent of seniors usually ask for a walk-through of their home, where simple changes can make big differences in increasing their safety from falls and fires.
NFPA’s public education division will be hosting a Remembering When scholarship conference in Orlando, FL, this November. Details about the conference will be posted online later this month; visit www.nfpa.org/rememberingwhen for more information.