Fire safety advice for people with disabilities

What to do about fire safety if you have impaired mobility, sight or hearing.

Fire safety advice

Whether you have a mobility, sight or hearing difficulty or if you are elderly, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service can provide fire safety advice and if necessary will visit you in your own homes to help you carry out a Home Fire Risk Check. Visit 365alive.co.uk for further information.

Hearing impairment fire safety

If you have a hearing difficulty you can get a smoke alarm which uses a strobe light and vibrating pads. Alternatively consider linking the alarm system which can alert you to danger. Visit 365alive.co.uk for further information.

Sight impairment fire safety

If you have trouble seeing your smoke alarm put a coloured sticker on your smoke alarm and test it weekly. You could consider fitting bump-ons or plastic blisters to appliances as a way of making sure they are switched off properly. Visit 365alive.co.uk for further information.

Mobility impairment fire safety

If it is difficult to test your alarm ask somebody to do it for you. You can also get easy access alarms, which can be tested from the wall rather than the ceiling. If you have trouble moving around, consider fitting an intercom which will allow you to alert someone else in the house in the event of an emergency. Visit 365alive.co.uk for further information.

Oxygen cylinders in the home

As with other services in the home, for example, domestic gas and electricity, you need to observe a few simple precautions. Visit 365alive.co.uk for further information.

Last reviewed
02 April 2012
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