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.  

Safety Tips for Seniors

  • 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.

No More Falls Program

Over half of seniors who are transported to the hospital have injuries that are the result of a fall.  To prevent such debilitating falls from happening, the "No More Falls" program was created.  Visit our 'No More Falls' page to learn more about this program and how to take advantage of the services it offers for seniors.