Fire Safety for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers

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Approximately 3,400 Americans die and 17,500 are injured in fires each year. The risk of death or injury from fire is even greater for people with physical, mental or sensory disabilities. The good news is deaths resulting from failed emergency escapes are preventable through preparation.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) want people with disabilities, their caregivers and all Americans to know that there are precautions you can take to protect yourself and your home from fire.

Understanding the Risk

Why are People with Disabilities at Risk?

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

People with disabilities should be aware of the special fire warning devices that are available.

Live Near an Exit

Although you have the legal right to live where you choose, you'll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building.

Plan Your Escape

Plan your escape around your capabilities.

Don't Isolate Yourself

People with disabilities have often been excluded from the development and practicing of escape plans and fire safety drills. As a result, their vital input is omitted and their fire safety needs remain unfulfilled. Speak up to ensure that all parties receive the fire safety information that everyone deserves.

Know Your Abilities

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