Knowledge and awareness are the keys to preventing fires. ESFI urges older adults to take a proactive approach to home fire safety by learning about potential fire hazards and how to prevent them.
This toolkit includes safety tip sheets that provide information about fire hazards related to cooking, heating, and electrical equipment, major causes of home fires every year. Tip sheets for smoke alarms and escape planning are also included. The Home Fire Safety Checklist is a convenient tool for giving your home a fire safety "check-up." While the Emergency Information Sheet and Smoke Alarm Maintenance Calendar are handy reference tools.
Families and caregivers are encouraged to help older adults review this safety information and/or perform their smoke alarm maintenance activities and home fire safety check-ups. Please share these resources with relatives, friends or other loved ones who can benefit from this critical safety knowledge.
All of the resources included in this toolkit are provided by ESFI at no cost. We encourage you to use them to promote fire safety awareness among older adults in your community. We invite you to copy and distribute the materials, but respectfully request that the content not be revised or altered.
Download the entire Home Fire Safety for Older Adults Safety Awareness Program Toolkit or view the individual Toolkit sections below.
Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries year after year. Adults over the age of 65 are at significantly higher risk of dying from a cooking-related fire. These tips will help you cook safely and minimize fire hazards in your kitchen.
Colder winter weather increases the likelihood of heating realted fires. These fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths among older adults. Keep your home safe and warm all year long with these safety tips.
Fireplaces and Wood Stoves
Electricity has become such a standard part of our daily lives that it is often taken for granted, but electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year. Homes with aging electrical systems are at increased risk for electrical fires. Follow these easy safety tips to identify and prevent electrical hazards.
Once the smoke alarm sounds, you may only have a few minutes to get to safety. Everyone needs to have a family fire escape plan. Fire escape plans should be updated regularly, however, to address changes that can occur as we age, such as decreased mobility, hearing or eyesight. Use these tips to help ensure your plan is up-to-date.
Smoke alarms save lives by providing early warning of fire, yet roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths occur in homes without working alarms. Follow these tips to ensure you are protected by working, properly installed smoke alarms.
Age-related hearing loss may make it difficult for older adults to respond quickly to the sound of a standard smoke alarm. Additional smoke alarm safety warning devices should be considered in homes where older adults reside.
Smoke Alarm Considerations for Older Adults
Post this emergency information sheet on your refrigerator or in another easily visible location near your telephone. Even the most basic information can be hard to recall during an emergency. Write down your name, home address and phone number so that you can easily provide this information to 9-1-1.
Information Sheet may be downloaded from the Home Fire Safety Toolkit.
Smoke alarms save lives, but only if they are working properly.
Use this calendar to record the dates that you perform your annual smoke alarm maintenance activities. If you are unable to complete these tasks yourself, give this calendar to a family member or friend and ask them to assist you.
Remember that smoke alarms should be completely replaced at least every ten years. Use the for on the back of the calendar to keep track of the manufacture dates for your alarms.
Maintenance Calendar may be downloaded from the Home Fire Safety Toolkit.
Use this checklist to help find and correct fire safety hazards in your home before they can start a fire or injure someone.
The checklist includes steps for reviewing:
If you are unable to complete of the items on this checklist by yourself, ask a family member or someone close to you for assistance.
Home Fire Safety Checklist may be downloaded from the Home Fire Safety Toolkit.