Older adults age 65 and older are two to four times as likely to be injured or killed during a fire emergency. Why is this?
Risk factors might include:
- Increased risk of falling during a fire emergency.
- Limited physical or cognitive abilities that may affect reaction times.
- Use of medication that can cause drowsiness or affect judgment.
- Reduced sense of pain that can lead to delayed treatment of injuries.
- Decreased immune function, which can lead to rapid injuries and infection from burns.
Check out the HSI Emergency Care blog for fire prevention tips for older adults.
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