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Remembering When™: Texas takes on senior safety!

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By Kelly Ransdell

After the national Remembering When™ conference last year, the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office headed back to Texas on a mission. It was not Mission Impossible but rather Mission Accomplished as their first training took place today. More than 70 participants attended the first Remembering When training held in Texas.

This senior adult fire and fall prevention program equips fire departments and home visiting agencies with the tools to help senior adults live in their homes longer and more safely. Today’s training was the first of a series of outreach projects geared at the most vulnerable group of citizens when it comes to fires. Remembering When™ is a free online educational program that includes a how to guide for educators and home visitors to learn about group presentations, home visits, and smoke alarm installations. The training today concentrated on the 8 fire and 8 fall prevention safety tips, a home safety checklist, and other resources for home visitors and their fire service colleagues. This team approach brings the credibility and sustainability that is needed to create and maintain this exciting program.

According to Mathew Hodges of the Texas State Fire Marshal’s office “ This is the first step in helping aging Texans live in safe homes by giving them fire and fall prevention safety tips”. So far in 2016, at least 5 senior adults have died in home fires and last year more than 35 senior adults died in Texas. Through partnerships like this, lives will be saved across the great state of Texas. Mission Accomplished!

Source:: NFPA – Safety Information


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