Risk and Responsibility:
A disproportionate amount of fire victims are elderly or disabled. The onus is on all of us to consider a range of situations and abilities when planning for fire safety and to protect those who are more vulnerable. In some situations, particularly if you own or manage a property or business, that extends to meeting requirements under the law. Some common situations to plan for include accommodating occupants with hearing, vision, cognitive and mobility differences. Go beyond the obvious. Properly planning fire safety for all means asking more questions ahead of time.
Examples of Considerations:
Are your fire extinguishers within easy reach of someone with below average height, or someone in a wheelchair?
If an occupant had a broken leg or other temporary mobility impairment, how would that impact their ability to exit safely?
Are there less visible scenarios that need to be accounted for, such as heart conditions, autism, PTSD, arthritis, asthma or Alzheimer's?