For Seniors

Many senior citizens in our community choose to live alone and care for themselves for as long as possible. Pacific County Fire District 1 has a program in place to help prevent falls in and around the home. For your peace of mind, a staff member can visit your home and show you areas that may be made more safe. There is no cost for this Home Safety Visit. If you would like to schedule a visit, call the District Office at (360)665-4451.

Keeping the following tips in mind can help you live safely at home.

Call for Assistance
  • Dial 9-1-1.
  • Ask for the service you want: FIRE, POLICE, AMBULANCE.
  • Give your address.
  • Give your name.
  • Give a brief description of what’s wrong.
  • Stay calm, don’t panic!

Keep a List Handy

It is very helpful to have medical information at easy access to emergency responders. This can help us quickly determine the kind of medical care you need. A good place to post this information is on the refrigerator. Include your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, health care plan, Doctor’s name and phone number, any allergies, any medications you are taking, major illnesses, and emergency contact.

 Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Call for an ambulance as soon as you notice signs of a heart attack. These signs may include:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Sweating
  • Lightheadedness or fainting
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Nausea
  • Squeezing or pain radiating throughout the body

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms Dial 9-1-1. DO NOT WAIT!

Know the Signs of Stroke

Stroke is a serious brain illness that results from blockage or rupture of a blood vessel. Signs of a stroke may include:

  • Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms, or leg on one side of the body
  • Loss of speech or slurred and incoherent speech
  • Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness, or a sudden fall
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of vision or dimness of vision, especially in one eye
  • An unusual severe or sudden intense headache

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms Dial 9-1-1. DO NOT WAIT!

In Case of a Fire

If you awake in bed with smoke in the room:

  • Roll out of bed.
  • Stay low and crawl to the door. Smoke will fill a room from the top down.
  • Test the door with the back of your hand to check for heat.
  • If the door is hot, go to another exit.
  • If the door is cool, open it slowly. Go to your meeting place outside of the home.

Use your neighbor’s phone and Dial 9-1-1. DO NOT GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE!

Maintain Your Smoke Alarms

  • Install smoke alarms on each floor of your home, and near each sleeping area.
  • Install smoke detectors on the ceiling, or high on a wall (12 inches below the ceiling).
  • Install smoke alarms away from air vents and bathrooms.
  • Periodically vacuum or dust the grill work of your smoke alarms.
  • Test your smoke alarms each month, and change the batteries twice each year.

For help installing or checking your detectors, CALL 360-665-4451.

Prevent Falls at Home

Falls are the leading cause of injury in people over the age of 65. Each year approximately 10,000 adults die from fall-related injuries. Falls are also the leading reason for admission of seniors into nursing homes. Falls result in approximately 200,000 hip fractures in older adults each year. Falls are not a normal part of the aging process and many can be prevented. The following factors contribute to falls:

  • Slippery or loose fitting footwear
  • Poor lighting in the home
  • Cluttered hallways
  • Loose rugs or carpeting
  • Slippery bathroom surfaces
  • Difficult stairways
  • Uncorrected vision problems
  • Dizziness caused by medical problems, medication, or overuse of alcohol
  • Poor nutrition and dehydration
  • Brittle bones caused by osteoporosis

The following guidelines will help reduce your risk of  fall injuries:

  • Wear well-fitting shoes with low heels and non-skid soles.
  • Use non-glare lighting in the home, especially around stairs.
  • Remove clutter from the house.
  • Keep electrical cords out of walkways.
  • Install turdy handrails by the toilet, and bathtub or shower.
  • Install non-skid surface or tread inside the tub or shower.
  • Consider a raised toilet seat.
  • Secure or tack down rugs and carpet edges.
  • Groper nutrition and exercise.
  • Careful use of prescription and non-prescription medicine.
  • Avoid sedatives and use of alcohol.