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Posted on: July 9, 2021

Plan Your Escape Around Your Abilities

Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

  • Know two 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

It is important to know your risk and build your fire prevention plans around your abilities.

  • Have smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping area. Interconnect your alarms, so 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

For more information on fire safety for people with disabilities visit www.usfa.fema.gov or contact the Carbondale Fire Department at (618) 457-3234.

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