As people become older it can be increasingly difficult to stay safe at home. Senior citizens are at an increased risk for falls, accidental fires and other emergency situations.
According to a Harvard study, "The chance of dying because of an accident at home begins rising at age 65 and then jumps significantly—people age 75 and older are almost four times as likely to die in a home accident as people 65–74."
Fire kills more than 1,000 people ages 65 and older each year. By following the tips below you can stay safe.
Cooking is the leading cause of fire injuries and the third leading cause of fire deaths for people ages 65 and older.
Careless smoking is the leading cause of fire deaths and the second leading cause of fire injury among
people ages 65 and older.
Heating is the second leading cause of fire death and the third leading cause of fire injury for people ages 65 and older.
Falls are the leading cause of home injury. To prevent falls at home:
Visit the Home Safety Council for more tips and checklists on how you can prevent falls at home.
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