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Communities join the cause for falls prevention among older adults

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By Lisa Braxton

The 7th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day is being observed Tuesday, September 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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Source:: NFPA – Safety Information

Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers 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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