Safety for Seniors
The NCFD offers four educational information on fire and health safety for older adults and their care takers. For more information on any program or to schedule a training please call the Fire Department.
Home Safe Home - Smoke Detectors and Fire Safety (Older Adult)
Thousands of people, many of them older adults, die every year as a result of accidents in their homes. Millions of others suffer disabling injuries. Many of these accidents can be prevented by putting simple safety tips to use.
- Buying, installing and caring for your smoke detector
- Electrical safety
- Escape plan
- Fire safety in the home
- Smoking safety
- Stop, drop and roll
Fall Prevention - Care-Giver Education
Each year in the United States, one person in twenty receives emergency care due to a fall. One out of 3 people over the age of 65 falls each year. The emotional effect after a fall can be devastating, even without physical injury. The fear of falling again can cause a change in lifestyle that creates a feeling of loss and helplessness.
- Emergency alarm systems
- The goal of fall prevention
- How to prevent falls in the home
- The physical and emotional effects of a fall
- Proper shoes
- Walkers and wheelchairs
- What to do when someone is no longer safe at home
How to Help Someone Who Uses a Wheelchair Without Hurting Yourself
How do you help someone in and out of a wheelchair without hurting yourself or the person you are trying to help? In this program you will learn techniques used by physical and occupational therapists that will save you time and frustration, while preventing injury. Hands-on demonstrations of proper lifting.
- Bathroom equipment
- Body mechanics
- Gait belt use
- Protecting your back
- Ramps and curbs
- Stand pivot transfers
- Wheelchair safety
Drivers Safety - A Driving Guide for Seniors
For many drivers over 50, changes in vision, hearing and reflexes can affect driving ability. Most difficulties can be corrected and independence maintained.
- Changing senses affect driving ability
- Regular eye and ear exams are important
- Ways to become a better driver