Safety Basics

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Child Safety

Older Adult Safety

Fire Extinguisher Operation

Fire Extinguisher Classes

Smoke Detectors


Carbon Monoxide Detectors


Furnaces / Space Heaters

Clothes Dryers


Electrical Hazards

Evacuation Plan

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Older Adult Safety

Smoke Detectors

Install at least one working smoke alarm on every level of the home and inside or near sleeping areas. Check with seniors to ensure that the smoke alarm is tested once a month and help them change the batteries in their smoke alarms at least once per year

Test Volume of Smoke Detectors

Make sure smoke alarms are loud enough for older adults to hear while sleeping. Test volume while elderly relatives are napping to ensure the sound will wake them.

Keep Escape Routes Clear and Mobility Tools Near

Clean out the clutter and move furniture that may block an older adult's way or could be too heavy to move during a fire emergency. Every room should have 2 clear exit paths and a designated meeting place outside the home. If seniors use a wheelchair, walker or other types of mechanical walking aids, remind them to keep them near at all times. If possible, have extra aids, such as canes, available in different locations throughout the home.

Make sure Seniors are Prepared

Whether aging relatives are living in an assisted living community or living in their own homes, make sure they are prepared with their own fire safety evacuation plan. Raise fire safety questions and concerns with assisted living management, or your loved ones directly to ensure they know the best way to evacuate their home in the event of a fire.

Check Hearing Aids Regularly

If a loved one uses a hearing aid, keep an extra pack of batteries with your emergency supplies. If battery power runs low, they have a spare on hand to ensure optimal hearing performance during an emergency.


Space Heaters

Ensure that seniors keep space heaters at least three feet away from things that can burn. Also, make sure they turn them off when leaving a room or going to sleep.