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Florida Injury Prevention Programs for Seniors (FLIPS): 

Florida Injury Prevention Programs for Seniors (FLIPS) Senior Fire Safety Professional Module

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objectives understand the fire safety issues for seniors to include statistics, high risks/special considerations for seniors, and components of fire; be aware of fire hazards and how to prevent them; install, maintain and demonstrate proper use of safety devices; Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

Learning Objectives cont’d…: 

Learning Objectives cont’d… discuss various fire safety behaviors such as: “stop, drop, and roll” escape planning and exit drills dialing “9-1-1” “putting out” small fires cooling burns be aware of local, state, and national resources.

Overview of FLIPS: 

Overview of FLIPS Professionals—physical therapy, health education, nursing, practitioners, researchers, etc. Focus—fall prevention; fire safety; and poison, medication & food safety Satellite groups Janet Lehman—FLIPS coordinator in DOEA. Email: lehmanji@elderaffairs.org

The Facts—National Statistics: 

The Facts—National Statistics The risk of death for people age 65 and over is 3 times greater than adults under age 65. Why? less able to take quick action may be on medication that affects ability to make quick decisions many live alone

The Facts—The State of Florida: 

The Facts—The State of Florida More fires occur on what day of the week? Monday Thursday Tuesday Wednesday Friday Sunday Saturday

The Facts cont’d…: 

The Facts cont’d… Where do most fires occur? Most fires occur in the home and 80% of all fire deaths occur in the home. The South has the highest fire death rate per capita.

The Facts cont’d…: 

What are the leading causes of fires in the nation? cooking smoking heating The Facts cont’d…

Basic Fire Dynamics : 

Basic Fire Dynamics It takes 3 components to make a fire: heat fuel oxygen

Fire Hazards for Seniors: 

Fire Hazards for Seniors Cooking accidents Unsafe smoking Heating equipment Faulty wiring

Fire Quiz: 

Fire Quiz A pot on the stove is on fire… What Do You Do?

Home Fire Hazards—Eliminate Them! : 

Home Fire Hazards—Eliminate Them! Conduct a home safety survey. Exterior hazards lighting, shrubbery, visible house numbers, etc. Interior hazards survey each room of the house

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Living Room: 

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Living Room Check use of extension cords temporary/not under the carpet Fireplace/heating appliances creosote free fireplace screens space heaters (3 feet of space) Safe smoking practices

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Kitchen: 

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Kitchen The most dangerous room Check cords on electrical appliances replace frayed or worn cords unplug appliances when not in use Use safe cooking practices never leave cooking unattended pot handles/covers/microwaves no storage in ovens Fire Extinguisher

Interior Home Fire Hazards—Fire Extinguisher Facts: 

Use for small fires ONLY! Operation: P.A.S.S. Pull the pin Aim Squeeze Sweep Interior Home Fire Hazards—Fire Extinguisher Facts

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Bedroom: 

Use of oxygen shut off if fire starts No extension cords under rugs Safe smoking practices Know two ways out Accessible windows Burglar bars which are quick release to the inside of the window Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Bedroom

Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Bathroom: 

Hot water heater thermostat at 120 degrees Fahrenheit automatic shut-off Safety measures non-skid strips/flashlights grab bars/chairs telephone Interior Home Fire Hazards—The Bathroom

Home Fire Hazards—Safety Devices: 

Home Fire Hazards—Safety Devices Early warning devices smoke alarms/heat detectors: most important and check monthly carbon monoxide (CO) detectors: in a fire, most people die from CO Safety measures lifeline alerts residential sprinklers fire resistive clothing/upholstery

Home Fire Hazards—Detectors: 

Home Fire Hazards—Detectors Smoke alarms/heat detectors purpose installation maintenance Carbon monoxide detectors purpose installation maintenance

Home Fire Hazards— Emergency Measures: 

Home Fire Hazards— Emergency Measures Know your emergency system 9-1-1 enhanced 9-1-1 reporting an emergency

Home Fire Hazards—Escape Plan: E.D.I.T.H.: 

Home Fire Hazards—Escape Plan: E.D.I.T.H. Know 2 ways out of each room Designate a meeting place outside Discuss what to do about family pets Have a chain ladder for 2-story homes Practice it!

The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire: 

Get low and go Get out fast Once out, stay out Call 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s home The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire

The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire: 

If fire gets on your clothing, “stop, drop, & roll!” If burned, run cold water over the burn. Don’t use home remedies like butter. The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire

The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire cont’d…: 

If you have to stay: dial 9-1-1 shut down heat/air conditioning unit fill the bathtub with water wet towels around doors signal from a window get low under the smoke The Fire Plan—What To Do In The Event of a Fire cont’d…

Be Safe From Fire!: 

Be Safe From Fire! Remember these 3 things: eliminate home hazards install safety devices practice emergency measures

Fire Safety Resources: 

Fire Safety Resources Local fire departments Hospitals Insurance agencies Safe Kids Shriner’s Clubs State Fire Marshall’s Office National Fire Protection Association U.S. Fire Administration/FEMA

Education Is The Key To Prevention & Safety: 

Education Is The Key To Prevention & Safety

Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!: 

Don’t Be Scared, Be Prepared!