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Fire Prevention Checklist: The Living Room

By Vicki and Brian Day

Approximately 400,000 home fires occur each year, resulting in around 3,000 deaths and more than 11,000 injuries. As a family caregiver it is important to understand this risk and take the steps that you can to help reduce the chances that your senior will suffer such serious consequences. Addressing the potential fire risks in their living room is an important step in making their home safer. Their living room is where they spend a considerable amount of their time, and also features many potential hazards that could result in a fire.

Use this checklist to help prevent fires in your senior’s living room:

• Check all electrical wires to ensure that they are in good condition and not frayed or otherwise damaged
• Check all electrical plugs to ensure that they are not overloaded, which can cause a short
• Never leave candles unattended or too close to flammable objects, such as curtains or decorative items
• Avoid use of candles if your parent has a pet that may jump up on the surface where they are positioned and knock them over
• If your parent has a fireplace and likes to light fires, make sure that they are professionally inspected at least once a year to make sure that they are safe and in good condition
• Never burn green wood or anything that has been chemically treated but not specifically designed for burning in a fireplace
• Ensure that any space heaters that they use are kept at least three feet from any flammable surface and feature an automatic cutoff in case they fall over

Starting elderly care can be one of the best decisions that you can make during the course of your caregiver journey with them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they are getting all of the care, support, encouragement, and assistance they need to manage their individual needs, challenges, and limitations as they age in place. A set of highly personalized services are designed to help your parent remain as safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy as possible throughout their later years while also encouraging them to live a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible. AS their caregiver, this can give you confidence and peace of mind knowing that even if you are not about to be with your parent as often as you would like, they are still in good hands.

http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/campaigns/fire-prevention-week
https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/older_adults.html

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDERLY CARE IN NORTHAMPTON, PA, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS. CALL TODAY! (610) 365-4266.