Special populations, such as kids with autism, deaf or hearing impaired persons, people with physical limitations, people with service animals, and senior citizens all have unique safety and escape planning requirements.
Children with autism may be less able to help themselves than other children in a fire emergency. It is difficult to predict how a child with autism will behave in a stressful situation. Advance preparation is critical. Please watch The Fire Safety Social Story (clink on RELATED LINK below) – a short, personalized story that breaks down the important points into easy-to-follow steps – is designed for high functioning children with autism ages 6 to 9. It can also be helpful to children with other developmental disabilities. It teaches children with autism spectrum disorder what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. Practice your fire safety plan with your children. Then read this story with them. The story is divided into sections. It can be read all at once or a little at a time depending on the requirements of the child.
Smoke alarms save lives. However, people who are deaf or hard of hearing may not be able to depend on the traditional smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. Please read the attached flyers for relevant safety tips.
Be sure to include everyone in planning and practicing home fire drills. People with disabilities can provide input on the best methods for them to escape.
It's a fact that older adults, aged 65 and more, are 2.6 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population. On average, over 1,000 Americans (age 65 ) will die in a home structure fire, and approximately 2,000 are injured in fire-related incidences. However, you can retire fire by taking care of yourself and influencing others, such as your neighbors, friends and family, about fire safety. People can and have saved their own lives and the lives of others by following a few simple safety precautions.
Please watch Remembering When: A Fire and Fall Prevention Program for Older Adults, developed by NFPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help older adults live safely at home for as long as possible. The program is built around 16 key safety messages – eight fire prevention and eight fall prevention.
To increase fire safety for older adults, NFPA offers the following guidelines:
Every disaster plan should include pets and service animals. Please read the attached flyers for additional safety and preparation tips.