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Pro Tip: Changing the Time for Safety

As retirement living communities awaken after winter and embrace spring, it’s crucial not to overlook a fundamental aspect of community living – fire safety.

This is the perfect time to refresh our commitment to keeping residents safe by checking smoke detectors and conducting annual fire safety and evacuation plan drills.

Given the dry winter we have had, and the hot summer predicted, smoke detectors are our unsung heroes. Regular checks ensure they’re ready to respond when needed most. Schedule a designated day to inspect and test all smoke detectors in common areas and individual residences.

I used to find that scheduling checks of smoke detectors to coincide with daylight savings was a simple way to keep residents and staff on their toes at this time of year.

You can use this time to build on overall fire safety by scheduling a fire safety and evacuation drill. Another tip, a post evacuation drill BBQ is a great way to entice residents attend, and another way to engage with residents on the importance of being across your community’s procedures in the event of an emergency.

Ensure everyone knows the evacuation routes, the assembly point, and the proper use of fire extinguishers if applicable. These drills not only refresh memories but also build confidence, so residents are better prepared should a real emergency arise.

These safety activities aren’t just about preparedness; they’re about building a stronger sense of community. Residents and staff working together to protect one another fosters camaraderie and trust.

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