Seniors at risk for fire related injuries and fatalities

Keep smoke alarms on every level of your home and change the batteries as needed.
Keep smoke alarms on every level of your home and change the batteries as needed.
Remember to turn-off cooking appliances and to keep anything that can burn away from heat sources.
Remember to turn-off cooking appliances and to keep anything that can burn away from heat sources.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - More than two dozen senior citizens have died from fire-related incidents in South Carolina this year.

The City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department is raising awareness this month to prevent fire-related fatalities in the Grand Strand.

Christian Sliker, Lieutenant and Fire Prevention Officer for the City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department, is heading up the effort.

"Thirty-three people in the state of South Carolina have passed from fire fatalities and they were over the age of 51," Sliker said. "That's actually 54 percent of fire fatalities and that's a big number and we need to look at that to save precious lives."
People over the age of 85 are four times more likely to die in a fire according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Sliker wants senior citizens to know that there are some precautionary measures that can make the difference in keeping you safe.

He says to remember to turn-off cooking appliances and to keep anything that can burn away from heat sources. It is also a good measure to dust radiators and heating units regularly. Keep smoke alarms on every level of your home and change the batteries as needed. 

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