50-Plus Fire Safety

It only takes seconds for a lifetime of memories to go up in flames. Unfortunately, as we grow older, our risk of dying in a home fire goes up dramatically. If you are age 50 or older, please pay special attention to fire safety. For your well-being and others you love.

Fire Safety for 50-Plus


Pay Attention to Your Cooking:

Turn pot handles inward, and keep cooking surfaces clean and clutter-free. Don’t wear loose clothing while cooking and never leave cooking unattended. Double-check the kitchen before you go to bed or leave the house.

Heat Your Home Safely:

Keep flammable materials at least three feet from heaters. When buying a space heater, look for a control feature that automatically shuts off the power if the heater falls over. Make sure you have a fireplace screen large enough to catch flying sparks and rolling logs.

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms:

Install a smoke alarm on every level of your home, test batteries every month and change them at least once a year. More on smoke alarms

Home Fire Escape Plan:

Develop and practice a fire escape plan regularly, at least twice a year. Keep exits clear of debris.More on creating a fire escape plan

Install Home Fire Sprinklers:

If at all possible, install residential fire sprinklers in your home.

This information was compiled using campaign materials from the U.S. Fire Administration and Federal Emergency Management Association.