Did you know that Covid-19 is just one of the dangers for our beloved seniors?
In fact, fire and its derivatives, such as smoke and carbon monoxide, are among the greatest dangers for the elderly during the winter because of the extensive use of heating appliances.
See below 3 steps of how you can protect your loved ones especially during the winter period:
1. Examine their heating appliances
Check the operation of the heating appliances, regardless of the nature of the appliance and the fuel they use.
For example, if a fireplace or wood stove is used, make sure the chimneys are clean and the entire appliance is in good condition.
If gas heaters are used, make sure that the pipes and the whole appliance are in good condition.
If portable electric heaters are used, make sure they are in good condition and directly into an outlet instead connected with an extension cord.
Remove and keep any flammable materials away from all heating appliances.
Ask your loved ones if the devices show anything unusual, e.g. Smell of gas, smoke or molten plastic. If so, stop using them IMMEDIATELY and consult a specialist.
2. Installation of smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
If there are no smoke detectors installed in the house, ensure their installation at the earliest opportunity. This may save their lives!
But in addition to smoke detectors, ensure the installation of carbon monoxide detectors/alarms – a.k.a the invisible killer. Especially in houses that use fireplaces and wood stoves. Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless, hence its name; the silent killer. Do not underestimate it!
3. Keep in touch
Clearly, the restrictions placed on limiting the spread of the pandemic is keeping us away, but, this should not be an obstacle to keep in touch with our loved ones.
The aforementioned preventative tips and actions, can save their lives, so TAKE ACTION always keeping in mind that whatever you do, you do it with love and care for their safety and well-being.