Fire Safety for People with Visual Impairments

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A Clear Fire Safety Message

Over 10 million Americans have a visual impairment. During a fire emergency, the senses that people with visual impairments rely upon have a high probability of being overpowered.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), a directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), encourages people with visual impairments to practice the following precautionary steps to help protect themselves, their home and their surroundings from the danger of fire.

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Don't Isolate Yourself

It is important that older adults speak up - 55% of people with visual impairments are over the age of 65.

Live Near an Exit and Plan Your Escape

You'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multi-story home, arrange to sleep on the first floor.

Be Fire-Safe Around the Home

Know Your Abilities

Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ...Fire Stops With You!