Fire Safety Checklist for People with Disabilities

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People with Disabilities Fire-Safety Checklist

Approximately 3,400 Americans die and 17,500 are injured in fires each year. People with mobility, sight and hearing disabilities can significantly increase their chances of surviving a fire by practicing proven fire safety precautions.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages people with disabilities to use this fire safety checklist to help protect themselves and their home from fire. Personal responsibility is the key to fire safety ...Fire Stops With You!

Understanding the Risk

Why are People with Disabilities at Risk?

People with disabilities are at risk for a number of reasons:

Have a Sound Fire Safety and Escape Plan

It is vitally important to make and practice escape plans. In the event of a fire, remember, time is the biggest enemy and every second counts!

Develop a Home Fire Safety Plan

People with mobility disabilities should be encouraged to have their bedroom on the ground floor and as close as possible to an exit.

Inform Others of Your Needs

Contact your local fire department on a non-emergency telephone number and explain your needs.

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

Working smoke alarms installed on every level of your home dramatically increase your chances of survival.