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Posted on: September 21, 2018

[ARCHIVED] County Offers Remembering When - A Fire and Fall Prevention Program

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Falls are the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries. The CDC estimates that 3 million people treated in the emergency room for falls each year. Falling once can cause a slew of problems. A fall that causes injury increases the odds of falling again. At age 65, older adults are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large. By age 75, that risk increases to three times that of the general population, and to four times by age 85. In light of these statistics, the James City County Board of Supervisors designates the third full week in September 2018 as Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

The National Fire Protection Association has developed Remembering When, a fire and fall prevention program to try to reduce the number of deaths and injuries. The James City County Fire Department and Social Services Department is partnering to bring Remembering When to the County. This program focuses on sharing 16 messages to incorporate in your daily life to prevent such life-changing situations:

Fire Prevention

  1. If you smoke, smoke outside.
  2. Give space heaters space.
  3. Stay in the kitchen when frying food.
  4. If your clothes catch fire: stop, drop and roll.
  5. Smoke alarms save lives.
  6. Plan and practice your escape from fire and smoke.
  7. Know your local emergency number.
  8. Plan your escape around your abilities.

Fall Prevention

  1. Exercise regularly.
  2. Take your time.
  3. Keep stairs and walking areas clear.
  4. Improve the lighting in and outside your home.
  5. Use non-slip mats.
  6. Be aware of uneven surfaces.
  7. Stairways should be well lit.
  8. Wear sturdy, well-fitting shoes.

Facilitators of this program can perform free home assessments and provide suggestions on how to maximize your safety inside and outside of your home. If you or someone you know could benefit from Remembering When, contact or call 757-259-3115. For additional information, check out the podcast.

Media Contact:
Rebecca Vinroot, Social Services Director

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