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Free Union Seniors Will Benefit From These Fire Safety Tips?

1/10/2023 (Permalink)

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Our team in Charlottesville responds to fire damage emergencies every year in Free Union. To increase fire safety for older adults, the National Fire Protection Association offers the following guidelines:

  • Keep it low
    If you don't live in an apartment building, consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor to make emergency escape easier. Ensure smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping area. Have a telephone installed where you sleep in case of emergency.
  • Sound the alarm
    Most fatal fires occur when people are sleeping, and because smoke can put you into a deeper sleep rather than waking you, it's important to have a mechanical early warning of a fire to ensure you wake up. If anyone in your household is deaf or if your hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency. 
  • Do the drill
    Regular fire drills help you know what to do in a home fire. If you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a household member to assist and decide on backups in case the designee isn't home.
  • Open up
    Make sure you can open all doors and windows in your home. Check to be sure that windows haven't been sealed shut with paint or nailed shut; if they have, arrange for someone to break the seals around your home or remove the nails.

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