Nearly 20 percent of Mt. Lebanon’s population is over the age of 65, more than 12 percent above the national average. Nationally, approximately 1,100 people over the age of 65 die in fires every year. Based on national fire statistics, people between the ages of 65 and 74 are TWICE as likely to die in a fire; people between the ages of 75 and 84 are FOUR TIMES as likely to die in a fire, and people over the age of 85 are FIVE TIMES as likely to die in a fire. In 2006, the fire department, in tandem with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, developed the senior education program to reach out to Mt. Lebanon’s senior population, educating them about fire dangers and instilling fire-safe habits. The fire department portion of the program covers:
- Safe Smoking Habits
- Safe Cooking
- Home Heating
- Smoke Detectors
- Fire Evacuation Procedures
To schedule a Senior Safety Program, contact Mt. Lebanon Fire Department at 412-343-3402.
For more information regarding senior safety, visit Fire Safety for Older Adults.