Novi Fire Department initiates new program to enhance home safety
Each year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly one million people over age 65 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with the products they live with and use everyday. The death rate from unintentional injuries in the home is approximately three times greater for older people than for the younger population. Seniors may not realize their home is no longer safe and presents dangers to which they are unaware.
In an effort to better protect and prepare our older adults, the Novi Fire Department is excited to announce a new program aimed at reducing the threat of injury and fire to Novi’s residents. The Fire and Fall Prevention for Older Adults Program is designed to educate residents of the hazards within their own homes that could cause harm by leading to a fire or causing injury.
Slips and falls are the main source of injury for older people in the home. Fire Department Inspection team members may recommend the use of grab-bars and non-slip mats in the bathtub, handrails on both sides of the stairs, and slip-resistant carpets and rugs. Recognizing burns occur from hot tap water and from open flame, the inspection team may recommend consumers turn down the temperature of their water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to help prevent scalds. They will also check to in ensure the proper installation and maintenance of at least one smoke detector on every floor of the home.
Items on the inspection checklist include:
Missing or inoperative CO & smoke detectors
“Trip and fall” hazards
Defective stairs and rails
Improper hot water temperature
The Fire and Fall Prevention Program will be delivered to Novi residents through both group presentations at local and by making in-home visits upon their request. Novi residents can request an in-home visit by the Novi Fire Department for a safety inspection by calling the Novi Fire Department at 248-349-2162, or by filling out the form below.
Fire and Fall Prevention Program Information Request