7 Fire Safety Tips for Senior Residents
Older Americans are a strong demographic in multifamily and senior living growth, but those 65 and older are particularly fragile when it comes to fire risk. With the holiday season upon us, properties that specialize in senior housing or have a large base of older renters may especially want to brush up on fire safety education.
The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says that older adults face the greatest relative risk of dying in a fire. In 2013, older adults represented 14 percent of the United States population but suffered 36 percent of all fire deaths. Also, older adults had a 2.5 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population. Ages 85 and over were 3.6 times more likely to die in a fire than the total population.
Fire safety officials say older adults have the gravest risk of dying or being injured by home fires. In recent months, the USFA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has initiated campaigns to educate older adults and their caretakers.
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