Around 167 people over the age 65 die each year in
fires. Poor mobility, weak sense of smell and a reduced tolerance
of smoke and burns contribute to these terrible accidents which are
often caused by household items such as cookers, candles, coal
fires and electric blankets.
How can you help to prevent accidents?
If you have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour who you
think might be vulnerable to fire hazards or burning or scalding
themselves, help them to stay safe by encouraging them to take the
- Kettles shouldn't be overfilled as boiling water could spill
- As a safety precaution, they should use coiled kettle flexes or
a cordless kettles which are either sprout-filling or jug
- Have they considered installing a wall mounted heater? They can
be safer than kettles.
- Tea and coffee making facilities shouldn't be too far from the
living area so hot liquids don't have to be carried far.
- Propose they fit a thermostatic mixing valve which regulates
bath water outlet temperature and reduces the risk of severe
- If they do not have a thermostatic mixing value fitted, when
running a bath, they should be careful of scalding - encourage them
to run the cold tap first.
- When cooking suggest that they use the rear hot plates/hobs on
a cooker and that they turn the pan handles away from the front of
- Ensure that hot water bottles they use are of good quality and
do not show signs of wear.
- If they smoke, warn them about the dangers of smoking in
- A fireguard should be fitted.
- If they use electric blankets - make sure they are using them
correctly and that they are having them checked regularly.
- Older people are at the highest risk for fatal injuries from
burns or scalds - four to five times greater than the population as
a whole. Pre-existing conditions can often contribute to their
deaths. Encourage them to be careful!
- Most importantly, advise them to book them a
Home Safety Check so smoke alarms can be fitted if
necessary and also any other potential fire hazards can be
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