An elderly couple walking.

Escape Planning For Older Adults

Fire risk increases with age.

  • The share of home fire deaths accounted for by adults aged 65 and older increased from 19% to 31% over the past 20 years.
  • Consider whether older adults should sleep in a room on the ground floor to make escape easier.
  • If you or anyone in your household has diminished hearing, consider a type of smoke alarm that uses a low frequency, flashing light or vibration.