Disability and Fire Safety

In today’s blog, I will discuss fire safety. How many of us have an exit plan in case of a fire? Now we all know the basic fire safety guidelines we are taught in grade school and for the most part, it works. Cool, right? No. Being disabled it could be a little more difficult to escape during a fire.  According to FEMA, each year approximately 17,500 people are injured and 3,400 die because of fire. Depending on our disability it may require us needing assistance from a caregiver, friend, or relative so things need to be planned ahead of time. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help people with disabilities take precautions in the case of fire at home or work.

 

People with Blindness or Low Vision:

Make sure you live on the ground floor with an exit or have a single story home. Please have an escape plan and practice it often staying low to the ground. It is also important to have smoke alarms and check them regularly. If you have a service animal please go over your escape plan with them as well.

 

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing People:

 

You can follow many of the same steps as everyone else but there are a few things different. You must have an escape plan and practice it often. As, well as test doors. The most essential step is to install specially designed smoke detectors. The notification given by the special smoke detector can actually save lives. Also, keep TTY/TDD within arm’s reach of their bed along with their hearing aids. Last but not least make sure that your local fire department knows of your disability.

 

 

Physically Disabled People:

People with physical disabilities are the highest risk groups of dying in a fire. Because homes that aren’t physically made to accommodate people with disabilities can come with challenges and obstacles. They should follow all of the normal things to prepare in case of a fire.  Of course, I am having and regularly practicing an escape plan, regularly testing and changing the batteries of all smoke alarms and so on. As Improve Net said it’s important to note that some workplaces may exempt physically disabled employees from having to participate in fire escape drills. The physically disabled should insist they participate in these drills.

 

Ok, everybody, this is the end but there is so much more on this topic to touch on if you want me to continue please let me know below. Also, to read more on what you can do to prepare and practice proper fire safety check out https://www.improvenet.com/a/fire-safety-and-disabilities-guide

 

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