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Fire Safety For Older Adults: Expert Tips From London Fire Bridage

Prevention is a crucial step in minimising the risk of a fire. However, safety equipment should be implemented around the home in case a fire were to start.

Darren recommends having a smoke alarm on each level of the house. For example, on the ground floor, first floor, etc.

Alarms should be fitted in areas such as hallways and at the top of the stairs. They should be placed centrally on the ceiling if fitted in a room.

Avoid fitting a smoke detector in the kitchen area, as this will likely set off the alarm unnecessarily. Instead, a heat detector can be fitted in the kitchen, which sets off the alarm when a certain temperature is detected.

Avoid fitting a smoke detector in the kitchen area, as this will likely set off the alarm unnecessarily. Instead, a heat detector can be fitted in the kitchen, which sets off the alarm when a certain temperature is detected.

Yes, if an older individual suffers from hearing loss or impairment, specialist devices are available.

Some alarms can set off strobe lighting to signal to the homeowner that smoke has been detected. There are also devices that can be placed under a pillow at night to set off a vibration alert, as well as strobe lighting.

Individuals themselves can purchase these sorts of devices, or you can contact the London Fire Brigade to arrange for them to be installed.

Darren recommends that every household have a carbon monoxide detector, especially if the property’s boiler is old and needs replacing. The detectors should be placed near the boiler.

Darren recommends that every household have a carbon monoxide detector, especially if the property’s boiler is old and needs replacing. The detectors should be placed near the boiler.

Ideally, all fire alarms and detectors should be checked weekly. As the devices are typically up high or on the ceiling, it may be best for the older individual to ask a care assistant or family member to check for them. Something like a broom handle or an umbrella can be used to press the button to check the device is working.

Advice about having fire extinguishers and fire blankets in the home has changed over the years. Darren and the London Fire Brigade no longer encourage people to have these in their homes. This is because people who are not confident using them can become injured while trying to do so. For older people, attempting to tackle a fire themselves could waste valuable time in terms of getting to safety.

Darren advises leaving the room with the fire, shutting the door to the room if possible, making your way out of the property to safety and calling the fire brigade.

Older individuals must have a clear and safe escape route out of a property in the event of a fire. If they are physically able to escape, they should do so.

Keeping door keys close by at nighttime, such as on a nightstand, is also vital to aid a swift escape in an emergency.

If an individual has mobility issues and is trapped (for example) in their bedroom, Darren advises shutting the bedroom door, calling 999, and awaiting rescue from the fire brigade. If they can do so, the individual should block any gaps at the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering the room. It is advisable to make their way over to a window and open it to allow fresh air in if possible.

If an individual has mobility issues and is trapped (for example) in their bedroom, Darren advises shutting the bedroom door, calling 999, and awaiting rescue from the fire brigade. If they can do so, the individual should block any gaps at the bottom of the door to prevent smoke from entering the room. It is advisable to make their way over to a window and open it to allow fresh air in if possible.

Darren advises that older individuals shouldn’t try to exit their properties through a window, especially if they are on the first floor (or above). Once called, the London Fire Brigade aims to attend a fire within five to eight minutes and can assist older and vulnerable adults in exiting the property safely.

The best way to notify the fire brigade that a vulnerable older adult lives at a property is by requesting a home fire risk assessment from the London Fire Brigade. Smoke alarms can be fitted, and general safety tips can be provided as part of the assessment.

If an older resident has mobility issues or a hearing impairment, this can be noted during the assessment and added to the fire brigade’s database. In the event of a fire at the property, the fire brigade will be fully aware of the individual’s vulnerabilities.

You can call the London Fire Brigade’s fire safety team on 0800 0284428 to arrange a risk assessment. If necessary, the assessment can be conducted with a carer or family member present.

If you’re worried about a loved one’s long term welfare, do get in touch with a care professional at Comfort Care At Home.