Fires can cause devastating harm to property and even death to many people. The risk of being injured in a fire or becoming a fire casualty is higher for people with mental, physical and sensory disabilities. The excellent news is that deaths by fires are preventable provided that the person is educated on how to escape from a fire and equipped with devices like a fire alarm and a SkySaver. Everyone has a diminished capacity to react in a fire emergency so everyone needs to be careful. Some individuals would not want to change their lifestyle and are independent. This mind-set can cause you to overlook fire safety needs that are necessary. 

In some circumstances, disabled individuals might require the help of care providers to practice fire safety techniques. It is strongly recommended that you choose a home on the ground floor or first floor of a structure, although you have the right to live where you choose. Additionally, it is advised to have the apartment near a fire exit to make the escape easier. All considerations need to be given when building your plan of escape. To ensure you are able to access all of the exits in your escape plan, you should check in advance, particularly if you're utilizing a wheelchair or a walker.

Your suggestions on needs and fire safety should be hear. It's important that you make certain you're a component of the process and talk. You should talk with your neighbors and building manager regarding escape plans and practice fire drills, escpecially if you are living alone. Always have a phone close to your bed and save the emergency number for your local fire department. Individuals with disabilities need to be well informed on fire warning apparatuses like fire alarms and smoke detectors. Smoke alarms with the vibrating pad or the flashing light can be obtained for the deaf. You may also request the construction manager to install smoke alarms on every level of your apartment. Make sure that they're tested monthly and functioning correctly. Limitations like diminished mobility, sight, and hearing can prevent an individual from making the quick reaction needed to escape from a fire outbreak.

 


Barak Bacharach, SkySaver Content Manager