Fire! Something we don’t want to even think about in our homes but something that happens too often in seniors’ homes, especially those whose memory and/or physical capabilities are challenged.
We can, and should, take steps to reduce the risk of home fires but can’t count on eliminating them totally. The potential for lost lives motivates us to protect against what can happen in a fire. Yes, while a distant second, we also want to protect our belongings, memories and treasured keepsakes that a fire can destroy as well.
Home Fire Extinguishers
Smoke detectors are a must in protecting lives against home fires but are not enough.
Fire extinguishers can be a key to escaping the house safely in some fires. Many times a fire extinguisher – when standing at the ready and used properly – makes the difference between a small, manageable fire and a blaze that takes lives and property.
This inaugural Senior Care Corner Video Caregiver Tip, which you can play below, is a short lesson in using a fire extinguisher properly. It’s up to you to make sure senior loved ones have them in their homes (and you in your home as well).
We hope the fire extinguishers you buy never need to be used. If one does, though, proper use (after evacuating the home and calling 9-1-1) can be made easier by remembering to “PASS.”
- Pull the pin to enable the fire extinguisher
- Aim the extinguisher or its hose at the base of the fire
- Squeeze the handle/trigger slowly and steadily
- Sweep the base of the fire for best effect
You can also find this video, as well as future tips and other features, on the Senior Care Corner Channel on YouTube. Be sure to subscribe so you catch everything!
Senior Care Corner Radio Show Update
We’ve heard from a number of you that, while you find our Radio Show to be informative and useful, you would prefer a shorter format. A number of requests have come in as well for more Senior Care Corner video. We’ve been listening and are responding with the Video Caregiver Tips.
The Radio Show will be back from time to time when we have interviews of interest or topics to cover that we feel demand more than we can address with a blog post. Stay tuned!
We hope you enjoy the Video Caregiver Tips and hope you’ll leave us a comment to let us know what topics you would like to see covered in future tips.