Safety Tips for People with Disabilities

If you have a disability, consider how it could affect your ability to escape from a fire in your home. You alone know your capabilities and preplanning an emergency is crucial.  If your disability requires special arrangements, make them part of the escape plan. For example, if you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist, and decide on backups in case the person isn't home.

The Grand Falls Windsor Department will personally consult with you and offer advice for your specific living arangements. All you need to do is call 489-0430 and ask to have a home fire inspection . This service is provided free of charge, and we will be happy to assist you in planning for emergencies.

Points to consider if you have disabilities.

  • It is important that people with limited mobility stay as close to safety as possible. Consider sleeping on the ground floor, making escape easier. Have a telephone installed where you sleep. Make sure you have emergency numbers posted close by. For the Fire Department , the emergency number is 489-2222.  
  • Approved and listed smoke alarms save lives by sounding a warning and allowing people to escape. But what if you or someone in your home can't hear the alarm? Consider installing a smoke alarm that alerts with flashing lights. Some smoke alarms have a louder horn that is easier for people with impaired hearing to hear.
  • Consider installing extra smoke alarms in residences where limited mobility may slow your escape. The extra time provided may be crucial, and extra detectors provide good backup.
  • The majority of fatal home fires happen at night, and escape might be necessary through an area with smoke or in the dark. If you are unable to leave on your own, call the fire department 489-2222 and tell them where you are. If you have a cordless phone, try to take it with you if you have to escape from a fire.