Studies show that fire detectors that are effective for younger target groups are not as effective for the elderly and aids other than basic fire protection are generally required (Runefors, M., 2020). Elderly people are heavily overrepresented in the statistics of those who perish in fires every year, possibly as a result of motor deficiencies, the influence of heavy medications, memory difficulties and impaired vision or hearing. According to Statistics Sweden, the number of elderly people who choose to remain at home will only increase in the future. Therefore, greater measures are required to break the trend of these gloomy statistics (Swedish Fire Protection Association, 2022, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 2022).
"Our elderly are at the biggest risk when it comes to being injured or killed in a fire. Appropriate aids can be a matter of life or death," says Peter Cullin.
Careium smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors can be directly connected to social alarms. This is a small measure, but it circumvents the elderly person needing to identify the danger themselves or risk not having time to react. At the social alarm receiving centre, priority is given to alarms triggered by fire or the presence of carbon monoxide gas and are forwarded within seconds. Through the social alarm, the alarm operator can be informed of the danger and communicate directly with the elderly person to help them understand the situation and, if possible, get to safety. By connecting the detectors to the social alarm, it is also possible to set other preferences. For the hearing impaired, the high-frequency tone emitted by an alarm is often difficult to hear so it is possible to change and customise the signal. It is also possible to set a voice alarm which may feel less intimidating.