When it comes to the elderly, fire safety cannot be stressed enough. Sadly, statistics show that this segment of the American population runs a much higher risk of being the victim of a deadly fire than younger people.
According to the United States Fire Administration, older adults run a risk that is 2.5 times higher of dying in a fire than people in younger age groups. They also suffer a higher number of fire related injuries.
Most of the elderly people who lost their lives or were injured by fires were in their bedroom sleeping when the fire broke out.
Naturally, every elderly person has different physical and mental abilities. There are elders that run marathons, seniors that swim laps and people in their 80s and 90s with minds as sharp as they were in their earlier years. However, this is not the norm.
Most people suffer from physical and/or mental decline as they age. The elderly often are afflicted with illnesses or disabilities that limit their mobility to varying degrees, making escape from a fire more difficult.
The following are additional risk factors that increase the possibility of fire related injuries or fatalities to the elderly.
The following are several of the most common causes of fires that affect older people:
For the elderly, fire safety education for them, their family and caretakers could mean the difference between life and death.