Seniors and Home Heating Safety
More home fires happen during the winter months than any other time of the year mainly due to home heating devices and people age 65 and older are three times more likely to die or be injured in a home fire as those younger. In addition, heating devices and household appliances that are fueled by gas, oil, kerosene or wood in a closed up house can also produce deadly carbon monoxide gas. Some simple things seniors can do to protect themselves are:
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors on every level of the home and check the batteries every month and change them at least once a year.
- If you're using a space heater remember that space heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from the heater, and if you're looking to by a new space heater get one that automatically shuts off if the heater falls over.
- If you use a wood burning fire place make sure you have a glass front or screen large enough to catch flying sparks and rolling logs and have chimney flue pipe checked once a year.
- Get an ABC multipurpose fire extinguisher for the home; learn how to use it and check it yearly to be sure is working.
Courtesy of Jim Miller, editor of the magazine column, Savvy Senior