Senior citizens are becoming a growing part of the population both in Maryland and throughout the U.S. However, a fatal fire on Thursday is proving that it’s important for them to practice home fire safety as well.
A man and a woman, both in their 80s, died at a hospital after a fire in a two-story home in the north end of Baltimore City, near Loyola University. The Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office is calling the fatal fire a grim reminder that aging Marylanders need to take special precautions to protect themselves from serious injury and death from fires.
Before a fire, identify the nearest emergency exit. Walkways and doorways should be able to accommodate mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and artificial limbs. Smoke alarms should be installed and regularly tested. Seniors who are living in apartment buildings should try to get an apartment on the ground floor, or near an exit. Having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it are also recommended.
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