Americans over the age of 65
are one of the groups
at greatest risk of
dying in a fire.
People over the age of 85 die in fires at a rate five times higher than the rest of the population.
Cooking accidents are the leading cause of fire related injuries for older Americans. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended on the stove and in the oven. The kitchen is one of the most active and potentially dangerous rooms in the home.
Heating equipment is responsible for a big share of fires in seniors' homes. Extra caution should be used with alternate heaters such as wood stoves or electric space heaters.
- U.S. Fire Adminstration