FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Each year, approximately 1,100 Americans ages 65 and older die as a result of a home fire. During National Preparedness Month, the Fulton County Fire Rescue Department (FCFRD) reminds senior residents they have the power to stop a fire before it starts.
About 3,400 Americans die each year in fires and about 17,500 are injured. According the United State Fire Administration, compared to the rest of the U. S. population, people between 65 and 74 are nearly twice as likely to die in a fire.
The Fulton County Fire Rescue Department believes the best fire prevention is fire education and encourages seniors to learn how to protect themselves and their property from a house fire.
With a few simple steps, older people can dramatically reduce their risk of death and injury from fire.
Stop the fire before it starts: