Whether you have a disability or you are a caregiver of someone who
does, you know how hard it can be to simply be prepared. Unfortunately,
when it comes to fire safety, preparation can be the difference between
life and death. There are specific steps that must be taken to keep a
person with disabilities safe in case of fire.
The first thing that must be considered is necessary documents. Having
documents in a secure, fire safe place is important for everyone, but it
is especially important for people who have special physical or medical
concerns. Keep a set of all necessary papers in a fire proof box on
site and another off site.
Another thing to consider is specialized personal care and medical
equipment. Keeping a set of supplies for ostomy bags, feeding tubes and
other medical equipment can be a huge blessing when a fire strikes.
Also, keeping a set of any adaptive personal care items at another
location can be very helpful. Knowing where an extra wheel chair or
other piece of mobility equipment can be obtained in an emergency is
Having a fire plan that ensure that every caregiver knows how an
evacuation should happen is another essential part of planning for a
fire. This plan should take into account all medical needs and
equipment. The caregiver should know where to take the person and what
the immediate needs will be. Planning for ventilators and other
electrical equipment is essential.
The last essential piece of a good fire safety plan is review.
Constantly reviewing and revising the safety plan when changes occur is
essential to the continued usefulness of the plan. Documents and
supplies should also be updated as necessary.
By following these simple steps, you can make sure your loved one is
safe in case of fire. Make sure the plan is all inclusive and that it
is updated frequently. Also, make sure to review the plan and practice
as much as possible with alternative care givers. Lastly, having extra
supplies, documents and personal care equipment in an off-site location
is also extremely helpful.