Fire Safety

People with disabilities might need extra time and assistance when evacuating a building during a fire or fire drill. The following resources provide information on safe evacuations:

Emergency Fire Evacuation Guide for People with Disabilities
This guide provides information on the five general categories of disabilities (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, and cognitive) and the four elements of evacuation information that occupants need (notification, way finding, use of the way, and assistance). Includes a checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan. The annexes give government resources and text based on the relevant code requirements and ADA criteria.

Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home
Free training program from United Spinal Association designed to educate people with disabilities, fire safety and building code officials, emergency plan coordinators, building owners and supervisors, employers and fire marshals of the unique aspects of life safety for people with disabilities.

Employers’ Guide to Including Employees with Disabilities in Emergency Evacuation Plans
Information about employers’ legal obligation to develop emergency evacuation plans and how to include employees with disabilities in such plans.

Other Helpful Resources

National Fire Protection Association’s Resources for People with Disabilities
Fire safety resources including materials for children, educators, employers, and landlords.