Each year, approximately 7,000 older adults, age 65 and older, die as a result of home falls, and an additional 1,000 die in their homes from fires or burns. The Remembering When™: a fire and fall prevention program for older adults, developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) in cooperation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), teaches older adults to protect themselves from fires and falls through trivia quizzes, humor, and nostalgic interactive games. The focus is fun, but the safety messages are serious.
By focusing attention on these two serious issues, NFPA and CDC believe we can make a measurable improvement in the health and well-being of older adults – a rapidly growing segment of the population. In the United States and Canada, adults age 65 and older make up about 12 percent of the population, and their numbers are increasing. Remembering When™ is designed to prevent injuries among these older adults and help them live safely at home for as long as possible.
If you are interested in a Remembering When Presentation contact the RFPD at telephone number 217-498-7121.
EDITH (Exit Drill In The Home)
Emergency Drills In the Home (E.D.I.T.H.) prepares families to survive fire with smart strategies on how to get out fast. Fully revised and updated, E.D.I.T.H. brochures have dynamic color photos and streamlined designs, plus a Web address that extends learning online. EDITH prepares residents to plan for safe escape, so they’re ready to act when there’s no time to lose.
E.D.I.T.H. presentations include:
- How to create and practice a home fire escape plan
- How to be prepared for fire emergencies
- The importance of installing and maintaining smoke alarms
- Valuable escape tips, including special advice for residents of multi-story buildings
A Web address provides access to information-rich content for all ages:
- Link to the full Sparky® Says: Get to know EDITH video, and other video clips for youngsters and families
- Downloadable escape grid and escape fact sheet
- “Escape for persons with disabilities” fact sheet
- Sign-ups for the Free NFPA® Safety Source e-newsletter
- Sparky FAQs, games, and activities for kids
- Sparky e-cards, and more!
Learning about E.D.I.T.H. will involve the whole family with smart ways to exit their home when faced with an emergency.