Fire Fighter

Many of us would agree that home is our safe place. We can relax, let go of our inhibitions and truly be ourselves, howevefire3r, what if I told you that your home holds a hidden danger that could be deadly?

At least once a day, we fire up our grill, oven or stove to whip up a tasty meal. Sometimes we multi-task while cooking such as, doing laundry, talking on the phone, or feeding our pets and we can become so distracted that we completely forget we are in the middle of cooking. Unfortunately, for some, this results in devastating consequences. Did you know that seven people die each day in U.S. home fires, on average, and older adults are the age group most likely to die in a home fire?1 This startling statistic points out that unique fire protection is a necessity in all homes, but especially important for aging seniors who are most at risk.

Independent living seniors can thrive with confidence knowing they are protected with a special service only offered through Life Alert; an advanced smoke detection and emergency response system, monitored 24/7 by live dispatchers. Unlike regular smoke detectors, Life Alert’s smoke detection unit reacts to the presence of smoke or fire by sending a signal to a team of dispatchers, who monitor the detector 24/7. Life Alert dispatchers then call the home and will send appropriate help even if there is no response from the subscriber! Whether you are home or not, you are protected! Bonus: Homeowners may receive up to a 20% discount on their homeowners insurance with Life Alert’s monitored fire protection.

In conjunction to your Life Alert Protection, check out these tips from the National Fire Protection Association:

  1. Watch Your Cooking:  Stay present in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boFirefighter cardiling or broiling food. If you must leave, be sure to turn off any open flames. Continue to check food regularly to avoid any accidents. Using a timer is also a good idea.[1]
  2. Give Space Heaters Space: Portable space heaters should be kept at least 3 feet from anything that can burn. Be sure to turn off any and all heaters before going leaving your home or going to sleep.
  3. Inspect Electrical Cords: Replace any cords that are damaged, cracked, broken or have loose connections.
  4. Have A Home Fire Escape Plan: Make a plan and practice it at least twice a year.
  5. Install Monitored Smoke Alarms:  Call Life Alert at 1-800-531-2934, so help will come in the event that a fire breaks out, even if you’re not home.

Fire safety is no joke especially for senior citizens looking to maintain an independent living lifestyle. Here is a testimonial about Life Alert’s fire protection:

“On March 4, I was asleep in my bedroom at about 10pm when the telephone rang. It was the local police, advising me that Life Alert had called them; my Life Alert smoke alarm detector had notified them my house was on fire. They also said Life Alert had sent fire engines to put out the fire, and I should get out of the house. I got up, grabbed some clothes, left the house just as the firemen came. They soon put out the fire, saving my house — and me.” ~W. L., Clyde OH2

At age 65, people are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. And with our numbers growing every year – in the United States and Canada, adults age 65 and older make up about 12 percent of the population – it’s essential to take the necessary steps to stay safe.3

The first step you can take to improve the safety of your home is to get Life Alert Protection. Not only will you be receiving lifesaving service 24/7, but you will also have the opportunity to get up to a 20% discount on your current homeowners insurance upon installation! So, stop cooking, turn off your stove and grab the phone to call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure to learn more about the many services that Life Alert has for you.

Works Cited:

  1. Carli, Lorraine. “Seven People Die Each Day In Reported U.S. Home Fires.” National Fire Protection Association. 23 April 2013.
  2. < http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/seven-people-die-each-day-in-reported-us-home-fires >.
  3. “Real Life Testimonials from Life Alert Members.”  <http://www.lifealert.net/customers/testimonials.html>.
  4. “Older Adults.” National Fire Protection Association.

<http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/populations/older-adults

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Thank You, Mom

That special time of year where we celebrate Mom is almost upon us. As I sat down to write this blog, thoughts anWoman And Her Teenage Daughterd memories of my mom filled my mind. How do I sum up how special my mom is? How do any of us? Raising a child is a tough job—a thankless task that never ceases to amaze me. Think about it, you probably never rolled over to thank your mom for changing your diaper or that time she mopped up the floor after you spilled the milk. She pulled all-nighters, played chauffer, let you talk her ear off and amazingly enough, she was always there.  There is no one more deserving of a special holiday dedicated solely to them, than moms world-wide. Believe it or not, Mother’s Day actually got its start in 1872 as a day dedicated to peace. [1] However, in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson authorized and declared Mother’s Day as a day of national observance.1 Now, celebrated around the world, Mother’s Day has become the perfect time to tell your mom how much she means to you.

Growing up my mom always kept me safe—or at least she tried! If I was riding a bike, she made sure I had a helmet. If I was helping her cook, she made sure I had a mit and an apron. If I had my heart broken, she offered a safe haven. No matter the circumstance, the outcome or the pain; she protected me and now I feel obligated to do the same. I cannot imagine living my life without my mother in it, so if you are like me, you will do everything in your power to keep it that way. So how can we give back what mom gave to us?  By helping her keep her freedom and independence, with Life Alert.

Life Alert Protection is a great gift for mom this year as it is the gift that keeps on giving. If your aging mom is insistent about her independent living and you are worried about her safety, this could be a simple solution. A fall, home invasion, or fire could be devastating to your mom, especially if no one is around to help her. Luckily, with Life Alert, your mom can continue to live her independent lifestyle all while having the power to elicit an emergency response at the touch of a button. If your mom ever encounters a life threatening situation, all she would need to do is push the button on her emergency pendant which would alert Life Alert’s 24/7 dispatch center who will send help fast. You can’t put a price on mom, so buy her something this Mother’s Day that shows how much you really care. With Life Alert Protection you can give her the safety and security she has always given you. To learn more about the many Life Saving services can offer for mom, just call 1-800-513-2934 for a FREE brochure.

Works Cited:

  1. “Honor Thy Mother.” < http://www.aburningfire.net/home/honor.htm>.

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Death by Shower?

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At one time or another we have all stepped into the shower, felt our foot give way and grabbed the nearest thing to avoid falling. As we pant with adrenaline and relief, if you’re like me, you wonder, what would have happened if I had fallen? According to News USA, one in three seniors over the age of 65 fall each year. 80% of these falls occur in the bathroom. Due to the mass amount of unforgiving slippery surfaces, it is no doubt that bathrooms are a hazardous place in our homes.

For seniors living independently, a fall in the shower can pose a real threat. Twenty to thirty percent of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures, and head traumas. These injuries can make it hard to get around or live independently, and increase the risk of early death.2 With no one nearby and no way to call for help, what do you do? If you had Life Alert, you wouldn’t have to answer that question. Life Alert’s weightless, waterproof medical alarm pendant allows you to wear the lanyard in the shower around your neck or wrist! If you fall just push the button located on your pendant and receive emergency medical attention fast! Rubber ducky can’t help you, but Life Alert can!

One of the most effective and easy ways to lessen your risk of falling is to exercise regularly. Ask your doctor about exercises specifically designed to improve your balance and mobility. Low impact exercises such as yoga are great for seniors and can aid in strengthening your stability. Another step you can take to safeguard your bathroom is to install non-slip rubber mats. This cost effective and simple bathroom fix can help your feet feel more secure.

Place one in your tub/shower, in front of the toilet and in front of the sink. Also the addition of grab bars can be extremely helpful when stepping in and out of the shower. You can also place one next to the toilet to help ease the difficulty of sitting down and standing up. Installing brighter lights can help with your vision and your ability to see things more clearly. Replace any dim bulbs for more lit bathroom. All of these additions can help to make your bathroom a safer place where you can finally relax.

If you enjoy good hygiene, avoiding your shower isn’t much of an option. Need not to worry though—with these tips you can be sure that your bathroom can become the safe haven it is supposed to be and with the addition of Life Alert you can feel secure in knowing emergency medical attention is only the push of a button away. Whether you take your shower in the morning, afternoon or evening, Life Alert is available 24/7! So tell rubber ducky he is off duty and Life Alert is your new shower buddy! Call 1-800-513-2934 for a free brochure on Life Alert’s many lifesaving services!
Works Cited:
1. “Preventing Senior Falls Starts in the Bathroom.” NewsUSA. <http://www.newsusa.com/articles/article/preventing-senior-falls-starts-in-the-bathroom.aspx&gt;.
2. “Falls Among Older Adults: An Overview.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. <http://www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html&gt;.