June 27, 2019
It’s fire season again in California, and we want to urge all of our members to go over their safety plans with their clients and families to make sure we all stay safe and secure. As you know, hundreds of our members in Butte County were evacuated from their homes last November during the Camp Fire. Many of them lost everything. And, as caregivers, it is especially sad for us to see that most of the 85 people who died in the Camp Fire were seniors. In fact, people over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of dying in a fire.
There are fire safety rules for everyone you can find at www.readyforwildfire.org. But there are special things that caregivers can do to ensure our clients stay safe, especially our older clients:
It’s also important to remember that, because many deadly fires have been sparked by power lines, California power companies are now going to shut off power when the fire danger is very high. Identify backup charging methods for your phones and keep a written copy of emergency numbers and information. Stay safe!
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