“Educating the elderly about fire safety is paramount to their survival. It’s a fact that older adults, ages 65 and higher, are more likely to die in home fires than the rest of the population. People can save their lives, and the lives of others, by staying informed and taking steps to prevent fires from starting,” says FDNY Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, Executive Director of Fire Safety Education.
In 2016, FDNY recorded the lowest number of fire deaths in New York City history. Of those 48 deaths, 21 were New Yorkers age 65 or older.
“A working smoke/CO detector is extremely important for early detection of a fire. An early warning will give more time to escape safely,” says Lt. Mancuso. “We know that a working smoke alarm can cut your risk of dying in a fire in half. We want to remind all New Yorkers, especially seniors, that this simple step can save your life.
The FDNY encourages seniors to have a plan in mind in the event of a fire, including an escape route with at least two exits per room. It is important to practice these escape routes. This includes practicing unlocking and opening windows, security gates and doors as well as making sure stairways and exit are clear of clutter and storage.”