As we get older we may get wiser, but we are also more likely to die in a fire.
The risk for those over 65 is almost two times higher than that for the rest of the population. Between 75 and 84, the risk is four time higher. And after age 85, the risk jumps to five times higher.
The main causes for fire deaths in these age groups are smoking and cooking.
Even if we are not yet over 65, I am certain that all of us have family members, friends, and acquaintances that belong to that “higher-risk” group. And, even the younger folks can and will benefit from the prevention and mitigation steps which the U.S. Fire Administration suggests to enhance fire safety at this website http://www.usfa.fema.gov/campaigns/50plus/over50.shtm