- Draw a floor plan of your home. If possible, identify two ways out of every room and two ways out of your home.
- Make sure windows and doors open easily.
- Practice your home fire escape plan. Include everyone in planning and practicing home fire drills. People with disabilities can provide input on the best methods for them to escape.
- People with disabilities should discuss what assistance they may need with everyone in the home (and with neighbours).
- In an apartment building, know the location of all exits stairwells and arrange for assistance (neighbour/buddy system) in case of emergency.
- Choose a meeting place for everyone to meet after escaping.
Fire safety is a crucial issue for seniors. Older adults face fire risk factors which do not affect the young. Weaker physical and cognitive capabilities make it harder to identify and respond to a fire, and create a higher risk that a fire will start. Age related changes affect the senses and reduce mobility. Being educated about fire safety and being prepared in case of a fire are invaluable to everyone. As a senior you must take special precautions to care for yourself.
If a fire breaks out in your home, you have only a few minutes to get out safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Everyone needs to know how to get outside if there is a fire.