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Use the Remembering When®: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults PowerPoint with the Remembering When curriculum to teach the 16 fire and fall prevention behaviors to older adults in your community.

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  • 1. A comprehensive program developed by the National Fire Protection Association, NFPA, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC

2. Copyright Information

  • This presentation, including photos, artwork and copy, is a part of the total Remembering WhenProgram available fromthe NFPA, to be used exclusively with the Remembering When Program.
  • Copyrighted 2009 National Fire Protection Association

3. 37.5 4. If you smoke,smoke outside.

  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Wet cigarette butts and ashes before throwing them outor bury them in sand.
  • Never smoke in bed.

5. Give spaceheaters space.

  • Keep them at least three feet (1 meter) away from anything that can burn including you.
  • Shut off and unplug heaters when you leave your home orgo to bed.

6. Be kitchen wise.

  • Wear tight-fitting clothing or short sleeves when cooking.
  • Use oven mitts to handle hot pans.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it and turn off the burner.
  • Dont cook if you are drowsy from alcohol or medication.

7. Stop, drop,and roll.

  • If your clothes catchon fire: stop (dont run), drop gently to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.
  • Roll over and over orback and forth to putout the fire.
  • Use cool water for 3 to 5 minutes to cool the burn.
  • Get medical helpright away.

STOP and ROLL DROP over and over 8. Smoke alarmssave lives.

  • Have smoke alarms installed outside each sleeping area, on every level of your home, andin each bedroom.
  • Make sure alarms are interconnected: when one sounds they all sound.
  • Have someone test your smoke alarms once a month by pushing thetest button.

9. Plan and practiceyour escape from fire.

  • If possible, know two ways out of every room in your home and two ways out of the home.
  • Make sure windows and doors open easily. In a fire, get out and stay out.

10. Know yourlocal emergency number.

  • It may be 9-1-1 orthe fire departments phone number.
  • Once you have escaped a fire, callthe fire department from a neighbors phone or a cell phone.

11. Plan yourescape around your abilities.

  • Have a telephone in your bedroom and post the local emergency number nearby in case you are trapped by smoke or fire.

12. 13. Exercise regularly.

  • Exercise builds strength and improves your balance and coordination.
  • Ask your doctor about the best physical exercise for you.

14. Exercise :A Guide from theNational Instituteon Aging

  • (800) 222-2225
  • http://www.nih.gov/nia

15. Take your time.

  • Get out ofchairs slowly.
  • Sit a momentbefore you get outof your bed.
  • Stand and getyour balancebefore you walk.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

16. Clear the way.

  • Keep stairs and walking areas free of electrical cords, shoes, clothing, books, magazines, and other clutter.

17. Look outfor yourself.

  • See an eye specialistonce a year.
  • Poor vision can increase your chance of falling.
  • Improve the lighting in your home.
  • Use night lights to lightthe path between your bedroom and bathroom.
  • Turn on the lights before using the stairs.

18. Wipe upspilled liquids immediately.

  • Use non-slip matsin the bathtub and on shower floors.
  • Have grab bars installed on thewall in the tub and shower and nextto the toilet.

19. Be aware of uneven surfaces.

  • Use only throw rugs that have rubber, non-skid backing.
  • Smooth out wrinkles and folds in carpeting.

20. Tread carefully.

  • Stairways should bewell lit from both topand bottom.
  • Have easy-to-grip handrails installedalong the full lengthof both sides ofthe stairs.

21. Put your best foot forward.

  • Wear sturdy, well-fitted, low-heeled shoes with non-slip soles.
  • These are safer than high heels, thick-soled athletic shoes, slippers, or stocking feet.

22. For more information

  • www.nfpa.org
  • Local Fire Department