Remembering When Program
At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. By age 75, that risk increases to three times that of the general population—and to four times by age 85.
Fire and burns are not the only hazards that threaten our older citizens. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injury in the home. Thirty percent of people age 65 and older are involved in falls each year—some of those falls are fatal, while other permanently disable victims, often causing loss of mobility or independence.
By focusing attention on these two serious issues, together we can make a measurable improvement in the health and well-being of older adults, who are a rapidly growing segment of the population in our community. Remembering When (TM): A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, is designed to prevent injuries among older adults and help them live safely at home. It is centered around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention.
Channahon and Minooka Fire and Police Departments formed a Safety and Security Team to help keep seniors be safe in their homes. The members of our team include police officers, firefighters and Citizen Police Academy Alumni. We offer free home visits to make sure your home is safe and secure. To make an appointment for a home visit, please contact Cindy Wilson at the Channahon Fire Protection District (815) 467-6767.
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