Holiday Safety for Seniors

The holiday season brings a lot of hustle and bustle in people's lives and that can lead to accidents and fires in the home. Houston police and fire officials reached out to the senior population to make sure they take time out to care for themselves. Houston Public Radio's Capella Tucker reports.

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Cooking, Christmas lights, candles, space heaters ... all are fire hazards this time of year. Houston Fire Department Community Liaison Albert Bennett says November, December and January are the busiest months for the department. Bennett says calls from seniors who have accidents in the home become an issue. He encourages all seniors to have modes of communication in many places or even on their person.

"Most of the falls occur in the bathroom. It is very advisable to have a telephone in the bathroom. When you look at injuries that we have charted the bathroom and the kitchen are the most important places to communication devices."

And now a days, personal safety includes protecting ones identity. HPD Officer Delinda Compton works in the financial crimes unit.

"During the holidays you have different individuals that will solicit the elderly to try to impart there good will and ask if they will like to give to certain organizations. That will be there leading question and then they might start asking them some personal information that they shouldn't share."

Compton says most identity theft victims can't pin point when they shared information that led to the theft. She says many victims' first clue is calls from debt collectors. Compton cautions seniors who have in-home caregivers.

"Because those individuals when they come into your home as an elderly person you put so much trust into them for helping you for your day to day activity you still should be very careful not to share personal information."

Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

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