Fire safety for people with disabilities

While fire safety education has become much more common in the last decade, it is good to be cognizant and well-informed of the newest safety guidelines.  Fires claim more than 3,000 lives every year, and if your hearing, sight, or mobility is impaired, it is more difficult to act quickly during the event of a fire.  For this reason, it is important to take the time to prepare an escape plan in the event of a fire – and the U.S. Fire Administration has tips you can use.

Create and Practice an Escape Plan:

  • Identify the nearest exits in relation to every room in the house.
  • If you use a wheelchair, walker, etc., ensure that you can easily get through all doorways.
  • Practice opening doors and windows that are bolted or difficult to open.

Other Important Ways to Stay Safe:

  • If you use a wheelchair, have a ramp ready at emergency exits.
  • Ensure your street address can be clearly seen from the street.
  • Be familiar with your local emergency services and have easy access to their numbers.
  • Contact your local fire department to ask for assistance in creating your evacuation plan; they may be able to conduct a home fire safety inspection.
  • Have smoke alarms tested and installed on every floor of your home.

Remember:

  • Never use an elevator in the event of a fire unless instructed by the fire department.
  • Do not spend time saving your property. Every moment counts, so leaving as quickly as possible is essential.
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One Response

  1. very good information

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