When it comes to fires, older adults are at higher risk of injury and loss of life than younger people. In fact, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) says seniors are 2.5 times more likely to lose their life in a home fire than other age groups. Depending on where they live, an older adult might be at risk for another type of fire: wildfires.
Fast-moving wildfires can be especially difficult for seniors to safely navigate. That’s why it’s important for older adults to be prepared ahead of time.
We have some suggestions adult children and family caregivers can use to create a safer environment and a solid emergency plan for a senior.
Maintain Your Yard
From California to Texas to North Carolina, wildfires occur in many states. Dry grass and dead vegetation act as fuel for these types of fires. By taking precautions around a senior’s home and yard, you may lower the risk it will be consumed in a wildfire.
Here are some tips from the USFA on how to prepare your home for wildfires.
Visit the National Fire Protection Association to learn more ways to create an ignition-free zone around a senior’s home.
Creating a Wildfire Safety Plan for an Older Adult
It’s also important to create a wildfire safety plan and practice it a few times a year. Precautions include:
Comprehensive Emergency Plans at Sunrise Communities
At Sunrise Senior Living communities, our teams are always well-prepared for emergencies. Whether it is a tornado in the Midwest or a wildfire in the southeast, we are ready. If a senior in your family is in the path of a natural disaster or becomes displaced, a respite care stay at one of our communities might be a good solution.
Call us today at 888-434-4648 to learn more about these short-term stay programs.