Aging affects fire safety and alertness

The United Kingdom has launched a program focusing on fire safety. Seniors have some special concerns in this regard and we print the tips here:

  • Make sure you have a working smoke alarm and you test this once a week
  • Preparing and practicing a plan of action will help you act quickly if there’s a fire in your home – it could even save your life.
  • Make sure you’ve chosen your escape route and think of any difficulties you may have getting out and help you may need, such as a flashlight to light your way or a stair rail.
  • Consider a place to go if you can’t escape, especially if you have trouble moving around or can’t get downstairs on your own.
  • Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept.
  • You could even write out a step-by-step escape plan and leave it somewhere safe so can you have it to hand if needed.

Many seniors have paid off their mortgage. So if the renewal on the home insurance has not been met there will not be a reminder from the mortgage holder. Be sure that you keep your fire insurance up-to-date and have an inventory of your possessions. Control your insurance no matter what age you are!