February 3-9, 2013 is National Burn Awareness WeekOlder adults experience more life-threatening fire and burn injuries than any other age group. More then 1,200 Americans over 65 years of age die each year as a result of fire. Adults between 65 and 75 have twice the death rate of the national average, while those between 75 and 85 have 3 times the rate. Above 85, the rate is even higher.The senior adult population has slowed to enjoy life during their retirement. However, a slower pace, and use of assistive devices make getting away from fire, difficult and dangerous.
Older adults have specific challenges that put them at greater risk for scald injury. Changes in eyesight, mobility and decreased sensation can make them vulnerable to the hazards involved in cooking and bathing. Ordinary cooking activities can be especially dangerous for older adults. Place rubber mats on the kitchen floor to prevent slipping, use oven mitts, not pads, and be aware of the weight of pots and pans…..are they manageable for the older adult to lift safely?
During Burn Awareness Week - February 3- 9, the American Burn Association, your local fire Department, and the Nebraska Safety Center would like to remind you take this opportunity to reduce the injury risks older adults face everyday in hazardous areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.