CENTRAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT OF SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

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SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR SENIORS

Earthquake and Fire Safety for Senior Citizens and the Disabled

  • If you use life-support equipment, such as oxygen, have someone fasten the large tank securely to prevent it from falling over in a disaster.
  • If you use a wheelchair, walker, crutches, canes or other types of mechanical walking aids, keep them near you at all times. If possible, have extra aids, such as canes available in different locations throughout your home.
  • Place a security light in each room. These lights plug into any electrical wall outlet and light up automatically if there is a loss of electricity. They will continue operating automatically for 4 to 6 hours and you can turn them on and off by hand in an emergency. These are available to purchase in many hardware stores.
  • Have a whistle available which can be used to call for help in an emergency.
  • If you use battery-operated equipment, have extra batteries available and replace them twice a year.
  • If your life-support equipment requires electricity, purchasing an emergency generator is recommended.
  • If you use a hearing aid, keep an extra supply of batteries with your emergency supplies. Remember to check them regularly.
  • Have a smoke detector and a fire alarm system installed. If you have some difficult hearing, install the system that has flashing strobe lights to get your attention. If you have a battery operated detector, replace batteries twice a year when you change your clocks, in the spring, and in the fall.
  • If you wear glasses or contact lenses, have an extra pair with your emergency supplies.
  • Have a plan with your neighbors, so you can let them know that you are all right or need help. Arrange to put up some type of signal, such as a white towel which they know means that you are okay.
  • FOR A FREE COPY OF “EARTHQUAKES”- A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR SENIORS, CALL (831) 596-3758.

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