BANGOR – Fire officials have found that a large number of the injuries and fatalities caused by fires involves Maine’s senior population.
That’s why the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office is teaming up with the AARP and Red Cross to help keep seniors safe.
Both have contact with the elderly and that’s why they’re being asked to keep their eyes open for potential problems while visiting their homes. Spreading important fire safety advice and looking for things that could cause a fire before they happen.
Fire Marshal Joe Thomas stated “In their regions they have handyman teams who routinely go out and do grab rails and safety measures around the home. One of the things we’re doing with them is we’re educating them on fire safety issues to look for. To be able to do perhaps a smoke detector or even if they find something in question then get in contact with us and we’ll go out.”
In some cases, it was seniors wearing loose clothing while cooking or even smoking while using oxygen. Both common causes of fires involving seniors.