Fire Risks for the Mobility Impaired

People with mobility impairments are faced with many challenges in life. Personal safety, especially fire safety, is one challenge that many perceive as an obstacle. It does not have to be this way. By being aware of one’s own special capabilities and following fire safety practices tailored to certain needs, the mobility-impaired person can lead a fire-safe life.

Mainstream fire safety education and fire protection devices are designed primarily with the able-bodied person in mind. Thus a scarcity of fire safety knowledge exists within both the mobility-impaired community and the fire service. Both groups must work to educate each other to decrease fire-related losses and injuries.

The principal findings of this study are summarized below: