NFPA awards 29 cities and towns Remembering When scholarships

Published on October 5, 2011
Winners receive all-expenses paid travel to the upcoming conference, training and training materials 

October 5, 2011 – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), adults age 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed in a home fire compared to the general population, and falls are the leading cause of death from injuries to those in the same age group. In its ongoing effort to help reduce fires and falls among older adults, NFPA has awarded 29 scholarships to representatives of fire departments and home visiting agencies to attend the Remembering WhenTM:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults conference December 4-6 at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston, Mass.

“NFPA is excited about bringing together fire departments and home visit agencies for the shared goal of educating older adults about fire and fall safety,” said Sharon Gamache, program director of High-Risk Outreach Programs. “With the number of older adults in the U.S. and Canada increasing, it is especially important that these relationships are formed to support the Remembering When outreach program.”

Each year, NFPA awards scholarships to establish partnerships between fire departments and home visit agencies for the implementation of Remembering When at the local level. Scholarship recipients will receive all-expenses paid travel, hotel and meals, as well as free training workshops, program curriculum, and fire and fall prevention brochures for distribution to older adults. After the conference, participants will take what they learned back to their communities for further outreach efforts.

Remembering WhenTM:  A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, was developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Together, NFPA and CDC created 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention – to help educate and protect the most vulnerable of older adults.

To help prevent fires, older adults who smoke should do so outside and never in bed. Deep, sturdy ashtrays should be used while smoking and cigarette butts and ashes should be placed in water or sand before disposal. For the added fire prevention, space heaters should be kept at least 3 feet (1 meter) from anything that can burn and unplugged when no one’s home or at bedtime.

When it comes to preventing falls, taking it slow and exercise are the best defense. Older adults should remember to get out of chairs slowly and gain balance before walking. Exercising regularly builds strength and improves balance and coordination, but it is best to consult a doctor first about ability-appropriate exercises.

Cities and towns represented in winning partnerships include:

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Fallrock, California
  • Naugatuck, Connecticut
  • West Hartford, Connecticut
  • Stuart, Florida
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Minooka, Illinois
  • Palos Park, Illinois
  • Harvey, Illinois
  • Bone Gap, Illinois
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Chicopee, Massachusetts
  • Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Whately, Massachusetts
  • Worcester, Massachusetts
  • Kentwood, Michigan
  • Columbus, Michigan
  • Rogersvile, Missouri
  • Kernersville, North Carolina
  • Mission, Texas
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Mukilteo, Washington
  • Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • White Rock, British Columbia
  • Thetis Island, British Columbia
  • Richmond Hill, Ontario
  • Regina, Saskatchewan

For more information on Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, visit NFPA’s website or talk to your local fire department.

About the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
NFPA is a worldwide leader in fire, electrical, building, and life safety. The mission of the international nonprofit organization founded in 1896 is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education.

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