We will be presenting a risk reduction/fire safety program for our senior citizen population in the Family Life Center at Second Baptist Church of Rutherfordton. The message is focused on safety tips and fire prevention measures for older adults, their family, and caregivers.
Statistics from the United States Fire Administration show that:
Older adults face the greatest relative risk of dying in a fire. In 2014, older adults:
Represented 14 percent of the United States population but suffered 38 percent of all fire deaths.
Had a 2.6 times greater risk of dying in a fire than the total population.
Ages 85 and over were 4.1 times more likely to die in a fire than the total population.