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Senior Home Care Tips For Fireplace Safety

Seniors and their home care providers can use these tips from experts to make sure that their fireplace is being used safely.
Senior Safety: Home Care St. Albert
Senior Safety: Home Care St. Albert

There’s nothing quite like the warm crackling glow of a fire in a fireplace, especially in the fall when the temperatures start to drop. But, fireplaces can be hazards for seniors who are ageing in place. It’s important that seniors take steps to make sure their fireplaces are maintained and make sure they are using them safely. Home care can help seniors with household chores and help them safely enjoy their fireplace. Seniors who are ageing  in place should have home care to provide the support seniors need to live well at home.

Get Regular Maintenance

Seniors need to get regular maintenance done on their fireplace, and it should be professionally cleaned every year before being used in the fall. It’s very important that your fireplace and chimney receive regular inspections and maintenance by a professional. A professional fireplace technician and inspector can identify and address any potential issues, such as creosote buildup or damaged components, that could lead to fires or smoke hazards.

Keep a Safe Distance Always

Maintain a safe distance between yourself and the fireplace. Seniors with limited mobility should sit or stand at a distance where they won’t accidentally stumble or fall into the fire. Seniors should also make sure there are no tripping hazards near the fireplace.

Use a Fireplace Screen

Install a sturdy fireplace screen or glass doors to prevent sparks and embers from escaping and causing injuries or starting fires. Make sure the screen or doors are in good condition and properly secured.

Beware of Gas Fireplaces

If you have a gas fireplace, have it serviced regularly by a professional to ensure it’s functioning safely. Be vigilant for any unusual odours, sounds, or pilot light issues, which could indicate a gas leak.

Don’t Wear Loose Clothing

Seniors should be cautious about wearing loose clothing or flowing robes near the fireplace. Loose fabric can easily catch fire if it comes into contact with an open flame.

Keep the Area Around The Fireplace Clear

Maintain a clutter-free zone around the fireplace. Avoid placing flammable objects like newspapers, magazines, or furniture too close to the hearth. Home care can help seniors keep clutter away from the fireplace and other areas where it could be a hazard.

Use Only Seasoned Fireplace

Burn only well-seasoned hardwoods in your fireplace. Green or wet wood can produce excessive creosote buildup in the chimney, increasing the risk of a chimney fire.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Seniors should install carbon monoxide detectors near the fireplace and throughout their home. Carbon monoxide is a silent, odourless gas that can be produced by wood-burning or gas fireplaces, posing a severe health hazard.

Never Leave the Fire Unattended

Seniors should never leave the fire unattended, even for a short period. If you need to leave the room, make sure the fire is completely extinguished.

Have an Emergency Plan

Seniors should create an emergency plan that includes escape routes in case of a fire. Ensure that everyone in the household knows the plan and practises it regularly.

If you or an ageing loved one are considering Home Care in St. Albert, please contact the caring staff at Serving Hands Senior Care today. Call (780) 963-1516

Premiere Home Health and Senior Home Care services in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Devon, St. Albert, Edmonton, Onoway, Leduc, Parkland County and surrounding communities since 2016.

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