As was mentioned in last week’s article our village survey did produce some interesting statistics. One trend that we thought was the case but now have numbers to back it up, is that people tend to be less vigilant about fire safety in their homes once children leave the home or when we age. Our findings came up with the following;
Homes with children under 16 living in the home:
- 42.3% (135) of the homes visited met the above criteria.
- 14.1% (19) of these homes were non-compliant.
- 48.6% (66) of these homes have practiced a fire escape plan.
Homes without children under 16 living in the home, occupants under 65 years of age:
- 39.5% (126) of the homes visited met the above criteria.
- 19.0% (24) of these homes were non-compliant.
- 30.2% (38) of these homes have practiced a fire escape plan.
Homes where occupants are over 65 years of age:
- 18.2% (58) of the homes visited met the above criteria.
- 24.1% (14) of these homes were non-compliant.
- 24.1% (14) of these homes have practiced a fire escape plan.
The numbers show an obvious trend towards disregard once children grow up and leave the home, we also find that as we age our concern towards fire safety begins to wane even further. These trends are somewhat unsurprising, in reality we actually expected to see these results; however that does not mean we consider these results to be acceptable. The reality is that the age group with the most lackadaisical attitude towards fire safety is the age group which is most at risk of a fire related injury. Seniors and small children suffer more fire related injuries than any other age group. Is this due to the aging body being less able to deal with an injury or because of this age group’s disregard towards their own safety? The aging of the body is beyond our control, the fact that we heal slower and less efficiently as we age is a fact of life and one that we must live with. Increasing our level of protection is within our control and that of the aging person or their family. Considering that seniors are less able to deal with injuries and would have more difficulties escaping a burning building makes smoke alarms and early warning an important necessity for their survival.
If you are a senior or have a friend or family member who you would consider to be a senior citizen, take a look at their level of protection. Make sure that they have smoke alarms on each level of their home and that they are all in working order, this could save their life. Be sure to look out for our new pamphlet on fire safety for seniors which will be made available around the village this week. If you would like a copy and are unable to find one, please contact the Russell Fire Department at 613-445-3326.