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Fire risks for elderly

Fire risks for elderly

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Published by Gerrie Schipske
tips on fire safety for those over 65
tips on fire safety for those over 65

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Published by: Gerrie Schipske on Apr 01, 2013
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F
IRE
R
ISKS FOR
O
LDER
A
DULTS
OCTOBER 1999
 
Fire Risks for Older Adults
This publication was produced by TriData Corporation under subcontract to Ogilvy Public RelationsWorldwide for the United States Fire Administration.
 
Fire Risks for Older Adults
CONTENTS
O
VERVIEW OF THE
‘F
IRE
ISKS
’ S
ERIES
..............................................................................1E
XECUTIVE
S
UMMARY
..........................................................................................................3I
NTRODUCTION
....................................................................................................................5T
HE
F
IRE
P
ROBLEM AND
O
LDER 
A
DULTS
............................................................................7
The Graying of America....................................................................................................7Elderly Fire Casualties.......................................................................................................9Casualty Characteristics..................................................................................................12
F
IRE
ISKS
........................................................................................................................13
The Aging Process..........................................................................................................13Disabilities.......................................................................................................................14Medications and Alcohol Use..........................................................................................15Poverty...........................................................................................................................16Living Arrangements........................................................................................................17Home Health Care..........................................................................................................18
F
IRE
S
AFETY FOR 
S
PECIAL
-N
EEDS
P
OPULATION
: T
IPS FOR 
F
IRE
S
ERVICE
P
ROFESSIONALS
...........................................................................................................................................19
Recommendations for Assisting Older Adults in an Evaluation of Their Fire Safety Needs...........................................................................................................19Building Design and Codes..............................................................................................20Instructional Materials.....................................................................................................21
C
ONCLUSIONS
...................................................................................................................23A
PPENDIX
: F
IRE
S
AFETY
T
IPS FOR 
O
LDER 
A
DULTS
..........................................................25
Before the FireDuring the FireFire Prevention
EFERENCES

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