Not only are residential fires more frequent during the holidays, but they are also costlier and deadlier than any other time of the year. Keep your senior loved one safe by raising awareness about fire safety during the holidays. Conducting a home safety audit is a great way to do so.
If you aren’t sure what risks to look for, we have a few ideas to help.
Conducting a Holiday Fire Safety Audit in a Senior’s Home
Christmas tree fires are rare; however, when they do occur, they are more serious. A tree can engulf an entire room in flames in a matter of seconds. Here are a few tips for seniors to prevent Christmas tree fires:
Lights are another common cause of holiday fires. Here are a few tips for seniors to safely decorate with lights:
Having too much stuff is a fire hazard many people don’t think about. Clutter can be life-threatening in the event of a fire.
Paper, boxes, and clothing are extremely flammable. Accumulating too many combustibles can increase the risk of starting a fire, or act as fuel to existing fire.
Clutter can also affect a senior’s ability to escape if a fire does occur by:
These can greatly threaten elder safety and lead to frequent trips to the emergency room. When decorating this season, try not to overdo it.
You can reduce accidents associated with holiday clutter, including falls, by being mindful of where you place extension cords and making sure not to block hallways or exits.
Cooking is the number one cause of holiday fires. Cooking fires often occur because of the increase in distractions and trying to multitask. This can significantly threaten elder safety.
Here are a few tips to avoid a cooking fire this season:
If you are concerned about your or your loved one’s ability to prevent or escape a fire, it may be time to consider assisted living. One of our experienced senior care advisors can help you explore your senior housing options. Our support and guidance are always free. Contact us today at 888-514-6461!