Survival Guide for Seniors

Seniors represent one of the highest emergency risk groups in the country.  Seniors can be sight, hearing, or mobility impaired resulting in a longer reaction time in the event of an emergency.  

The following is list of safety tips for senior citizens:
  • Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • If using space heaters, make sure they have an automatic shut off device if they fall over. Keep space heaters at least 3’ away from combustible materials such as blankets etc.
  • Practice safe cooking practices such as never leaving the stove unattended while cooking.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in the home and know how to use it. Small, lightweight extinguishers are available for home use.
  • Never smoke in bed and be cautious of smoking materials in the home
  • Know at least two ways out of the home
  • Know when to evacuate or when “protect in place” (stay in your home).
  • If living alone, have a neighborhood plan
  • Keep a three-day supply of water and non-perishable food
  • If the power is out, listen to a battery powered radio for emergency information.

Concerned about other potential safety hazards in your home? Visit our Senior Safety & Fall Prevention Page for a wealth of resources for fall prevention, available services and other key information.