Fire Safety for the Elderly

Safety for the Elderly

Fire is dangerous for everyone, but if you are older and live independently, it is a good idea to be extra careful, especially if you are less mobile. The following tips can contribute to greater safety in and around the home:

  Fit an audible smoke alarm.
  Keep an eye on pans when cooking.
  Always take extra care with hot oil.
  Make sure that candles are in secure holders and never leave them unattended.
  Do not overload electrical sockets.
  Make sure cigarettes are put out properly and disposed of carefully. NEVER smoke in bed.


Many elderly people feel the cold especially in the winter, and an electric blanket can be a good source of warmth during the cold nights. However, statistics show that for every 1000 fires started by an electric blanket, 440 will result in injury. It is therefore very important to ensure that electric blankets are used safely; this includes storing them dry and flat, and ensuring that they are well maintained. Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket, even if the blanket is switched off.