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Fire Safety for the Visually Impaired

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A Clear Fire Safety Message
Over 10 million Americans are visually impaired. During a fire emergency, the senses that visually impaired persons rely upon have a high probability of being overpowered.

The United States Fire Administration (USFA), a directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), encourages the visually impaired population to practice the following precautionary steps to help protect themselves, their home and their surroundings from the danger of fire.

fire-alarm-simplisafeInstall and Maintain Smoke Alarms

  • Make sure working smoke alarms are installed on each level of your home. You may want a family member or friend to assist you.
  • Remember to test smoke alarms monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. You may want a family member or friend to assist you.
  • Audible alarms should pause with a small window of silence between each successive cycle so that blind or visually impaired people can listen to instructions or voices of others.

Don’t Isolate Yourself

  • It is important that older adults speak up – 55% of the visually impaired population is over the age of 65.
  • Speak to your family members, building manager, or neighbors about your fire safety plan and practice it with them.
  • Ask emergency responders to keep your special needs information on file.
  • Contact your local fire department’s non-emergency line and explain your special needs. They will probably suggest escape plan ideas, and may perform a home fire safety inspection and offer suggestions about smoke alarm placement.

Live Near an Exit and Plan Your Escape

  • You’ll be safest on the ground floor if you live in an apartment building. If you live in a multi-story home, arrange to sleep on the first floor.
  • Being on the ground floor and near an exit will make your escape easier.
  • If necessary, have a ramp available for emergency exits.
  • Unless instructed by the fire department, never use an elevator during a fire.
  • If you encounter smoke, stay low to the ground to exit your home.
  • Once out, stay out, and call 911 or your local emergency number from a neighbor’s house.

Be Fire-Safe Around the Home

  • When cooking, never approach an open flame while wearing loose clothing and don’t leave cooking unattended. Use a timer to remind you of food in the oven.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets of extension cords.
  • Never use the oven to heat your home. Properly maintain chimneys and space heaters.
  • Keep a phone near your bed and be ready to call 911 or your local emergency number if a fire occurs.

Know Your Abilities
Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility …Fire Stops With You!


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“All fire personnel were extremely helpful,and very professional in regards to stove Fire and shutting down sprinkler system in this unit. I am very proud of this service these fire fighters showed and they all should be commended.”

” Lt. Inspector Cruz and Kristen were both great in presenting the Crowd Manager class to our division this morning. They made the class interesting by providing real world examples and explained why it’s so important to have a crowd manager in place at different events. Lt. Cruz was a passionate presenter and kept the attention of the class for the entire time. On behalf of the Collier County Facilities Management Division I would like to thank both Lt. Cruz and Kristen for taking the time to educate us on crowd control with the ultimate goal of saving the lives of those around us. Thanks again!”

“i have never callled a fire department in all my 65 years. That is good news. This past weekend we had to call 911 for a fire that our household could not contain. Engine 29 and engine 75 responded and my husband and I cannot say enough about the professionalism and general feeling if safety and security this crew gave to us. You dont need them until you need them and we are so grateful they were there to help us.”

“The three men that answered my call for help to lift my husband off the floor were absolutely fantastic–they all showed compassion, and they knew what they were doing!! They had to lift him off the floor, get him dressed and put him into my car—I never expected such professionalism and expertise!!!
This is a place that that tax dollars are well spent!!”

“Greater Naples Fire District Engine 73 exceeded my expectations with their professional interaction with our students. They even stayed after the event to help move heavy furniture and clean up the gymnasium.”

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