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Mobility Issue Fire Safety Advice

If you or someone you live with has mobility issues you may need to take some additional fire safety precautions, as escaping from a fire could take more time.

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Make sure you have at least one working smoke alarm in your property. Test it regularly and if you need help doing this ask someone to help do it for you.

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Easy access alarms, which can be tested from the wall side are available. Visit the Disabled Living Foundation for more information on what products are available to assist.

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Consider fitting a telecare or internal intercom which will allow you to notify someone if you need help in an emergency.

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If you have a wrist or pendant alarm, ensure you wear it. It needs to be easily accessible to you in case of an emergency. Consider keeping a charged mobile phone on you too so you can easily access that if you need to.

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Avoid the temptation to smoke in bed, particularly if you struggle to get out of bed on your own.

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Minimise trip hazards or exit route obstructions. Getting out as quickly and safely as possible is going to be a priority in the event of a fire.

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Plan your escape route. It’s worth considering a plan b too. It’s possible it may be safer to stay where you are if the fire is in a different room to where you are.

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Keep keys easily accessible so you can find and use them in a hurry and possibly in the dark. .

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If you are unable to get out. Call 999 and give the operator your address details. Tell them you are unable to leave the property. They will stay with you on the phone and give you advice.

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Close the door to the room you’re in and block the gap at the bottom to prevent smoke from entering.

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If smoke does enter the room, try and keep low to the ground as the air will be fresher. The smoke will rise up towards the ceiling.

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If possible move to a window and open it to let fresh air in. Try to put something out the window to signal to firefighters where you are. Shout for help. Shout fire!