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Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

Millions of Americans live with physical and mental disabilities. The fire service can help people with disabilities understand their fire risks and build fire prevention plans around their abilities.

Did you know:

Physical disability was the second leading human factor contributing to fatalities in residential buildings (30%).

Source: Civilian Fire Fatalities in Residential Buildings (2017‑2019)

Help keep people with disabilities safe from home fires. Our free materials are yours to use when educating these community members and caregivers about the importance of practicing home fire safety.

Messages to share with people with disabilities and caregivers

Smoke alarms

Have smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.
Interconnect your alarms so that when one sounds, they all sound.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, use smoke alarms with a vibrating pad, flashing light or strobe light. These accessories start when your alarm sounds.
Test your alarms every month.

Fire escape plans

Know 2 ways out of every room.
If possible, live near an exit.
You’ll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building.
If you live in a multistory home, sleep on the first floor.
Being on the ground floor and near an exit will make your escape easier.

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