Groups at Risk During a Fire
Senior Residents/ Persons With Disabilities
- Conduct your own, or participate in, regular fire drills to make sure you know what to do in the event of a home fire.
- 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 designee isn't home.
- Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard or hearing.
- Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possible fire.
- When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape.
- If you don't live in an apartment building, consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor in order to make emergency escape easier.
- If anyone in your household is deaf or if your own hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency.
- If you have security bars on doors or windows, they should have emergency release devices inside so that they can be opened easily.
- Make sure that you are able to open all doors and windows in your home. Locks and pins should open easily from inside.
- Make sure that smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping areas.
- Smoke alarms with sealed (long-life) batteries work for up to 10 years. They can be helpful for people who find it hard to change batteries.