Home safety for people with disabilities

Published on November 6, 2012

Did you know that the majority of fire deaths occur in the home? It’s important to take precautions to provide adequate fire safety for everyone.

Home fire sprinklers

Home fire sprinklers can contain and may even put out a fire in less time than it would take the fire department to arrive. In choosing an apartment or purchasing a home, look for a residence that has home fire sprinklers.

Smoke alarms

  • Test your smoke alarm at least once a month by pushing the test button. If you can’t reach the alarm, consider getting alarms that you can test with a flashlight or a television remote.
  • For added safety, interconnect all the smoke alarms so that when one sounds they all sound. This gives,everyone more time to escape.
  • Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. They can be helpful for people who have difficulty changing batteries.

Escape planning Include everyone in planning and practicing home fire drills. People with disabilities can provide input on the best methods for them to escape.

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