Communities join the cause for falls prevention among older adults


By Lisa Braxton

Le 7e annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is being observed Tuesday, Septembre 23rd, the first day of fall. Forty-eight states and the National Falls Free® Initiative, led by the National Council on Aging, are championing the cause.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every 14 seconds an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall; every 29 minutes an older adult dies following a fall.

Falls Prevention Awareness Day highlights the importance of older adults and their support communities learning how to reduce fall risks. A great way to be part of the effort is through implementing NFPA’s Remembering When program, developed with the CDC to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. Getting started is easy. The Remembering When program book, fire prevention message cards, fall prevention message cards and other materials can be downloaded for free from the NFPA website. Or for a nominal fee, NFPA will print out all 106 pages in full folor and ship them to you.

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Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams a fondé l'Institut de formation des services d'incendie en 1995 pour trouver des solutions aux défis auxquels est confronté le service de pompiers volontaires. Il a été un membre actif de California State Association des pompiers (CSF) depuis 1994, ayant servi aux bénévoles et comités de relations publiques, et en tant que directeur adjoint de la division sud. Il est membre de plusieurs organisations locales, y compris le comté de Santa Barbara incendie Conseil Safe, les agents de formation trois comtés Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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