Many of us would agree that home is our safe place. We can relax, let go of our inhibitions and truly be ourselves, however, 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:
- Watch Your Cooking: Stay present in the kitchen while frying, grilling, boiling 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.
- 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.
- Inspect Electrical Cords: Replace any cords that are damaged, cracked, broken or have loose connections.
- Have A Home Fire Escape Plan: Make a plan and practice it at least twice a year.
- 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.
- Carli, Lorraine. “Seven People Die Each Day In Reported U.S. Home Fires.” National Fire Protection Association. 23 April 2013.
- < http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2013/seven-people-die-each-day-in-reported-us-home-fires >.
- “Real Life Testimonials from Life Alert Members.” <http://www.lifealert.net/customers/testimonials.html>.
- “Older Adults.” National Fire Protection Association.