Staying safe in an emergency situation can be a scary prospect for anyone. However, when your mobility is limited, it can be even more challenging to escape to safety or to help others do the same. Here’s what you can do to be sure that you always follow the proper fire safety procedures whenever a fire breaks out.
Use Smoke Alarms
Smoke alarms are essential tools for ensuring fire safety. It doesn’t whether you live alone, with your family, or have a part-time caretaker; fire safety is always a priority. You often won’t know a fire has happened until you see or feel the flames. That’s why smoke alarms are so helpful. Put one in every bedroom and on each floor if your home has multiple floors. You’ll need to test your smoke alarms at least once a month and change the batteries if needed.
Be Careful While Cooking
Fires in the kitchen even when you do not have limited mobility. Either way, when you do have limited mobility, you will have to be much more careful when you are cooking a meal. Keep an eye on the oven and stove. If you’re grilling outside, maybe in your outdoor kitchen, be sure that the grill isn’t left unattended.
Stay on the Ground Floor
When you are at home, choose a bedroom on the ground floor. That way, you will be able to make it outside more easily if a fire happens. You won’t need to worry about getting downstairs if you have an upstairs bedroom, or upstairs if your quarters are in the basement. Likewise, if you live in an apartment or condo, choose a unit as close to the ground floor of your building as possible. If you plan on traveling for the rest of the summer, make sure you can book an accessible room on the ground floor.
Follow Your Plan
When it comes to ensuring fire safety, having a plan is always a necessity; you must follow your plan, practicing it whenever you can. Review it with friends, family, and loved ones. Ask your neighbors to help you practice, and ask for advice from building managers and property owners if you need to; if you have a service animal who helps you, make sure you include them in your fire escape plan, too.
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