The purpose of this visual inquiry using ethnographic photographic research was to examine fire safety in homes of 42 urban older adults. Photographs were taken to document home fire safety (HFS) practices and grouped according to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Home Safety Checklist categories. Participants had a mean age of 74 years, and were mostly African American (n=21, 57%), and female (n=32, 78%). Major findings from the photographs demonstrated unsafe electrical, cooking, and heating practices. Other HFS hazards related to installation and maintenance of carbon monoxide (CO) and smoke alarms, smoking safety, and identification and practice of home fire escape plans. The findings will provide future direction for community education and fire prevention advocacy for older adults.
Home Fire Safety, Older Adults, Visual Inquiry
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Lehna, C., Twyman, S., Fahey, E., Coty, M., Williams, J., Scrivener, D., & Wishnia, G. (2015). “Worried About Them When We Left”: A Mixed-Methods Essay. The Qualitative Report, 20(2), 49-62. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2015.2095