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Disabilities and Fire Safety

The risks during a fire are often greater for people with physical, mental or sensory disabilities.  Identifying an individual’s risk factors helps avoid those dangers.

How to Stay Safe

  • Get a smoke alarm suited to your needs
  • Live on the ground floor near an exit if possible
  • Never use elevators in an emergency
  • Know at least two exits from every room
  • If you use a walker or wheelchair, check all exits to be sure you get through the doorways
  • Understand ways of protecting yourself within a room such as sealing cracks around doors, staying near the floor out of smoke and using windows to ventilate and signal from
  • If you do smoke, protect your clothing with a flame retardant smokers pad.  Don't ever smoke when you are sleepy or taking a medication that may cause drowsiness
  • Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbours about your fire safety plan and practice it with them
  • Keep a phone near your bed and know how to access the 911 system especially through TTY if you are hearing impaired

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with disabilities and special needs

Emergency Management Ontario’s - Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs Manual (PDF)