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Though not as common as falls, fires are a serious threat to older persons.  Here are some important safeguards:

•  Wear tight fitting clothing when cooking.  Droopy sleeves catch fire quickly.

•  Never leave cooking unattended.  If a pan of food catches fire, slide a lid over it, and turn off the burner.

•  If your clothing catches on fire:  stop, drop and roll.

•  Test smoke alarms monthly.

•  Smokers should use large, deep ashtrays and never smoke in bed.

•  Give space heaters lots of room.

•  Plan and practice escaping from your home.

•  Know your local emergency number.