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Seniors fire safety

Fact

In 2010, there were 25 fire fatalities in NSW attended by Fire and Rescue NSW. Almost one in three of these people were aged 65 years and over.

Better Safe than Sorry videos, narrated by Henri Szeps

View the new collection of videos 'Better safe than sorry' here. The videos are narrated by Henri Szeps, the co-star of the award winning ABC TV series Mother and Son. The videos cover important home fire safety topics such as kitchen fire safety, using electricity, home heating, bedroom fire safety, smoke alarms, what to do in an emergency, smoke alarms and BBQ fire safety. Click here to view the videos

Seniors fire safety factsheet

Being over 55 can significantly affect your ability to survive if unfortunate enough to be caught in a home fire.
Follow this simple safety checklist to help keep over 55s fire safe

Seniors winter fire safety

The Fire & Rescue NSW attended 4478 residential fires in NSW during 2005 with 1355, or 30% of them, occurring in the winter months.
We recommend this simple safety checklist to help keep homes fire safe over winter

Wheat filled heat packs (wheat bags or wheat packs)

Wheat bags can help pain, but they also have the potential to cause burns and fire if improperly used.
Click here to find out what you need to know about fire safety with wheat bags.

SABRE - Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement

The SABRE (Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement) program is designed to support the elderly, residing in their own homes and that have limited domestic support*, to live independently and remain valuable assets in the community. The program sees Fire and Rescue NSW forming partnerships with other community organisations to assist senior citizens in the maintenance of their fire safety devices.
Learn more about SABRE - Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

There are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. These have a flashing strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activate when the smoke alarm sounds and are designed to interconnect with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home.
Learn more about smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired.

For community service workers: Basic home fire safety training materials

Basic home fire safety information is now included in the qualifications for a range of community services workers. The lesson materials for this have been centrally developed to ensure their application and use in all states and territories. In addition to their use in formal training the material is also recommended for use by community agencies in staff induction for new workers and skills maintenance for existing workers.
Home Fire Safety Training Materials.