Fire Safety for Seniors & Disabled Citizens

Seniors and disabled citizens are more at risk of dying in a fire due to decreased mobility, hearing, sight and general health-related issues. These issues may limit the ability to escape unaided in an emergency situation. It is important that family, friends and neighbors are aware of your limitations and can offer assistance.

In your home, be sure that you live and/or sleep near an exit that allows for easy egress in the case of an emergency, making it easier to evacuate the premises. If you use a walker or wheelchair, check exits and doorways to see that they fit through. Have a plan and make sure that you are included in any kind of emergency evacuation drills in order to know what you have to do in case of an emergency.

Additional Information
  • New Jersey's Special Needs Registry - The State of New Jersey, through their Office of Emergency Management, sponsors a registry for those with special needs. The registry is used during disasters to help better plan with local emergency response agencies, and notify those signed up when evacuations become necessary.
  • Vial of Life Project - A system for storing your medical information for easy access in case of an emergency
  • Home Safety for People with Disabilities - Safety tip sheet