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4 Steps to Help Seniors Stay Safe from Fire Damage In Montgomery

10/24/2017 (Permalink)

It is important to regularly test fire alarms to ensure they are properly working.

Preparation Can Help to Keep Everyone Safe in the Event of a Fire

Fire is a hazard that can affect all ages in Montgomery. However, senior citizens are at particular risk of death or injury due to a blaze. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association estimates that adults aged 65 and over are twice as likely to be injured or killed in a fire than the rest of the population. That is why it is essential to help the seniors in your life stay safe from fire damage in their homes.

There are several simple steps senior citizens can take to stay safe from fire damage in Montgomery. SERVPRO also suggests that friends, family, and caregivers check in with the older adults in their lives and help them with fire preparation. A few easy steps now can mean the difference between life and death. Here are 4 steps you can take to help keep your older family and friends protected.

1. Fit an Alarm

Ensure seniors have a working fire alarm on every floor of their home. Fire alarms need to be tested regularly to make sure their batteries are still working. You can purchase units that offer a flashing light and vibrating warning in addition to the standard alarm sound.

2. Do A Fire Drill

A fire drill helps everyone in a household understand what to do during a fire, and gives them a chance to practice using their escape route. Seniors who have mobility issues need a designated person to help them escape a fire, if possible.

3. Check Windows and Doors

Older adults should be able to open all doors and windows on their property quickly in the event of fire damage. If the property has storm shutters or security bars, make sure they are easy to release, even for older adults who may have arthritis.

4. Have a Phone Nearby

Seniors should have a phone close by their bed so they can call for help if a blaze erupts in the night. A mobile phone that they keep with them is even better. Make sure they have a list of emergency contacts and numbers to call if needed.

In the event of fire damage, SERVPRO is on hand to help with cleanup. Our IICRC-certified technicians understand the importance of getting everything back to normal quickly - “Like it never even happened.”

For help with soot and smoke cleanup in Highland Gardens, Centennial Hill, County Downs, Chisholm and surrounding areas, call SERVPRO of Montgomery North at (334) 273-0992 today.

To learn more about fire prevention in Montgomery, click here.

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