USFA Releases Fire and the Older Adult Report
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Adults age 65 and older are 2.5 times more likely to
die in fires than the overall population, and as Americans age, their
fire risk increases, according to a new report issued today by the
Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).
"Fires occurring in the home and in various health care settings for
older adults are often preventable," said Charlie Dickinson, Deputy
United States Fire Administrator. "Because the older adult population
accounts for a substantial portion of the nation's fire deaths and
injuries, it's important that we take steps to reduce this fire
The report, Fire and the Older Adult, was developed by the National Fire
Data Center, part of the U.S. Fire Administration, and is based on
research from a variety of public and private organizations and data
from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS), National
Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal
Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, and the Department of
Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging. The report analyzes
the fire risk to persons age 65 and older as a complement to the USFA's
Fire Safety Campaign for People 50-Plus. The report provides an
extensive review of the fire situation for older adults in the United
States and evaluates fire risk factors and risks of fire injury and
fatality among that population group.
According to 2002 NFIRS data, 34 percent of the people who died in
residential structure fires and 14 percent of the people who were
injured were age 65 and older.
A copy of the full report can be downloaded from:
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01-20-2006, 12:36 PM #1
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USFA Report on Older Americans and Fire Deaths
01-20-2006, 09:20 PM #2
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Interesting report. Also, last year one issue of fire protection engineering magazine had a good article on fire and the elderly, and some of the unique fire risks involved.
01-21-2006, 09:20 AM #3
Older people (seniors) are the opposite of kids. While kids run and hide, seniors want to get out, the problem is they may not be fast enough do to several factors (medical problems, confined to a wheel chair, bed ridden, etc) and they become disorientated faster under smoke filled conditions. It is important for everyone to have at least 1 working smoke detector in their house, but for seniors it is extremely important. The faster they can be alerted to a fire, the faster they can escape.You need only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the duct tape.
01-21-2006, 12:06 PM #4
Even more important to have sprinklers in the growing number of residential communities and assisted living centers that pop up all over.
When I was still on the job we were second due unit to a HUGE 4 story WOODEN construction assisted living center that was being completed. The contractors designing and company paying for it fought the fire department's push for a sprinkler system in the sturcture very hard, to the point that the State Fire Marshall's office got involved and finally got them to put a residential (read PVC piping) sprinkler system in.
Blows my mind that these people who are supposed to "care" only "care" about the money that they can get to come in, and not about lives."Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like." Will Rogers
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01-21-2006, 03:44 PM #5
Not surprising. Reaction times increase as we get older. Combine that with decreases in senses (hearing/sight) and mobility and you have these numbers. Its probably going to get worse as the baby boomers get older.Fire Marshal/Safety Officer
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