Care recipient (cr) may have specific special fire safety needs that should be considered to prevent or minimize a fire emergency

Try: #keep fire extinguishers on hand in visible places in high-risk locations such as the kitchen #minimize risk of fires by avoiding use of extension cords not overloading circuits monitoring smoking and cooking safety of the cr and making sure flamable chemicals and rags soaked with them are stored and disposed of properly casual disposal of toxic rags is a leading cause of fires as are stoves left unattended with food cooking on them and cigarette-related accidents #make sure the home is stocked with smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and that these are in working order #consider the quickest ways a cr could exit the home in case of fire discuss and rehearse the plan with the cr practice exiting as you would in case of a fire to make sure the caregiver and cr know how to get out quickly and where to meet when they are out of the home #have a plan for escaping a fire that matches a cr cr’s ability a cr who uses a wheelchair or walker may not have time to exit through a doorway so an alternative plan might involve exiting through a window however opening a window or screen or breaking it safely if necessary may need to be rehearsed #a cr who relies on a caregiver for assistance to move should seriously consider wearing a safety-alert button around the neck at all times this will allow the cr to contact emergency personnel the minute a crisis occurs

Materials: Smoke detector fire extinguisher exit routes of home that the cr can take fire prevention activity

Categories: Medical Physical, Mobility, Needs Some Assistance, Fully Aware, Long-Term Memory, Good L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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