The number one cause of fires in senior homes and apartments is cooking fires that start in the kitchen. Elderly adults often leave food cooking on the stove, then get distracted by other things. They often forget there’s food on the stove until they smell something burning. Seniors with certain cognitive disorders and physical disabilities are especially vulnerable to cooking fires in the home, and once a fire starts in the kitchen, putting it out safely can be an impossible task.
Electrical fires account for about 18 percent of fires in senior apartments and hotels. Space heaters, overloaded electrical plugs, and electric blankets are primarily to blame. Elderly adults usually stay colder than other people due to blood pressure issues, weight loss, and lack of physical exercise. Many use space heaters for extra warmth. If space heaters get too hot or fall over, they can be a big fire hazard without some sort of automatic shut-off. Overloaded plugs are a common sight in senior apartments. Extension cords that are not UL rated and frayed cords cause many home fires, especially when plugs are overloaded. Electric blankets are not often linked to home fires, but in senior homes and apartments they are common causes. Electric blankets that are soiled or damaged, tucked under mattress corners, or have frayed cords are responsible for many senior home fires.
A protected stairway should be enclosed with fire resisting construction and fire resisting doors in order to protect people escaping down the stairs from a fire in the accommodation.
It may not always be necessary to provide fire doors on cupboards if they are small and the fire risk is low. An alternative to providing a fire door on a bathroom is to include the bathroom within the stair enclosure, thus removing the need for a fire door.
A fire-resisting door should be regarded as a complete installed assembly. Thus the door, the frame and any ironmongery should be considered when assessing its suitability. In most cases, however, it should be possible to retain the existing frame. If in doubt, the test report for the door being installed will include details of the door frame in which it was tested.
Fire doors are often thicker and much heavier than other internal doors. Where existing frames are retained it may be necessary to replace or relocate the door stops and to install additional fixings back to the structure. The joint between the frame and the surrounding structure should be adequately sealed and the operating gap between the door and the frame should be kept to a minimum (usually 3-4mm).
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