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Burns and Fire-Related Injury Prevention

Older Alaskans

  • People 80 years and older die in fires at three times the rate of the rest of the population.
  • Keep your escape path cleared to avoid falling if you need to leave your house.
  • If it's possible, sleep on the ground floor to eliminate climbing stairs in an emergency.
  • If you need assistance to leave your house in the event of a fire, have those people practice your escape plan with you.
  • Be sure windows and doors will open and are not nailed or sealed shut. 
  • A timer is helpful in the kitchen to avoid leaving cooking unattended.
  • If you wear glasses, keep them near you at all times so you can find them when needed.
  • Maintaining good balance and flexibility will help you negotiate your escape plan.