First, we’d like to say thank you for taking an interest in Fire Safety! Older adults are significantly more at risk than other members of the U.S. population to be victims of house fires.
In 2010, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, older adults (ages 65 and older) represented 13 percent of the United States population but suffered 35 percent of all fire deaths. In Kansas, of the 223 total fire-related deaths, 42 victims were over the age of 65 - representing 19 percent of the total fire deaths.
The U.S.F.A. research also shows that older adults are 2.7 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. The risk worsens as we age, with people ages 85 and older 4.6 times more likely to die in a fire.
The Kansas Fire Marshal and Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services offer these tips to keep seniors safe from the dangers of fire: