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Home Fire Safety for Older Adults

Washington, D.C. December, 2017.- Older adults (ages 65+) are burdened with the gravest fire risk.  They are consistently more threatened with death or injury by fire than any other age group. Raising awareness among older adults is the key to reducing home fires and preventing deaths.

Understanding the common causes of home fires is the critical first step in preventing them.  Year after year, cooking, heating, and electrical equipment continue to be among the leading causes of home fires.

This presentation outlines fire prevention strategies related to each of these major causes, as well as key fire safety preparation strategies, such as escape planning and smoke alarm maintenance.  Presenter notes are included for each slide to assist you with the delivery of your community awareness presentation.

ESFI encourages you to use this presentation and the complementary Home Fire Safety Awareness for Older Adults Awareness Program resources to promote fire safety awareness among the older adults in your community.

For additional information, please contact ESFI at info@esfi.org or (703) 841-3229.