No one wants to imagine their aging adult having to deal with a fire emergency, but if you don’t prepare for it, that’s a big problem.
Map out Exits in Case of Fire
Make sure that you know which doors and windows could serve as exits for your senior. If the house has a second story, you need to determine how your elderly family member could get out if the stairway were blocked. Many local fire departments will come to your senior’s home and help you to figure out the best way to exit her home in the case of an emergency.
Install and Check Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms do a fantastic job of detecting smoke before there’s a raging fire. This can give your aging family member crucial time she needs to safely get out of the house. You do need to test them periodically to make sure that they’re working properly and that the batteries are functional. Follow the testing instructions for your senior’s particular smoke alarm for best results.
Make Sure Working Fire Extinguishers Are Accessible
Fire extinguishers have come a long way. In fact, you can even find some that are smaller and easier to operate than older styles of fire extinguishers. You’ll want to put at least one on every floor, just in case. The fire extinguishers need to be stored somewhere that is easy for your senior to access them and obvious, especially for senior care providers and other family members in an emergency.
Keep Emergency Numbers Easily Accessible
Your elderly family member may need to contact the fire department or another emergency agency quickly and under a great deal of stress. Having easy access to phone numbers can make this a lot easier for her. Make sure that they’re programmed into her cell phone, if she has one, or on a laminated list that is near the phone.
Ensure that Emergency Plans Are Easy to Find
The key to having emergency plans that are truly effective is that they are easy to implement, even if you’re not there with your aging adult. An easy way to do this is to write out the plan, including maps, instructions, and important phone numbers, and then laminate that sheet of paper. Put it somewhere that it can’t be missed, like right on the refrigerator.
Keep in mind that you may need to amend your senior’s fire safety plan now and again. It’s a good idea to go ahead and put on your calendar to revisit those plans so you don’t forget.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering senior care in Voorhees, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.
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