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More than 43 million Americans have a disability. The identity of the group of Americans with disabilities is constantly changing — at any moment we ourselves could become part of this group, for maybe a short time or maybe for a long time. NFPA has long been involved with developing strategies and fire safety educational materials for people with disabilities.

Please download and use any of the free educational materials we have developed for people with disabilities, friends and families, and workplaces, schools and communities.

You can also subscribe to the NFPA free quarterly newsletter to keep you up-to-date on news and issues on this important topic.

Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide

NFPA's Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities 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.

It also includes a checklist that building services managers and people with disabilities can use to design a personalized evacuation plan, as well as government resources and text based on the relevant code requirements and ADA criteria.



People with any disability have an increased risk of dying in a fire.

People with Disabilities

 Most of these fires occur outside, but most of the associated deaths, injuries, and losses occur in structures, particularly in homes.  

The top three days for home candle fires are New Year's Day, Christmas, and New Year's Eve.

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Top Causes of Fires


Educational materials for people with disabilities

Smoke alarms

 Test your smoke alarm at least once a month by pushing the test button. If you can’t reach the alarm, consider getting alarms that you can test with a flashlight or a television remote.

For added safety, interconnect all the smoke alarms so that when one sounds they all sound. This gives everyone more time to escape.

Smoke alarms with non-replaceable (long-life) batteries are designed to remain effective for up to 10 years. They can be helpful for people who have difficulty changing batteries.

People who are deaf or hard-of-hearing cannot depend on the sound of a regular smoke alarm to alert them to a fire. Learn about alarms with strobe (flashing) lights, download a comprehensive safety guide, and see our free safety tip sheet on fire safety for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Escape planning

Include everyone in planning and practicing home fire drills. People with disabilities can provide input on the best methods for them to escape.

Safety in the workplace

Information on emergency planning, suggested evacuation aids, drills and training, and practicing and maintaining workplace escape plans.

English PDF (1 MB)

Spanish PDF (2 MB)

The Grand Valley Fire Protection District would be happy to come over and conduct a home safety survey to help identify any areas of increased risk.  

Please click here and fill out the Home Safety Survey Form to schedule a review.

Your Safety is our Concern!

Arson and intentional fires

Includes general cooking safety info, as well as tips for microwaves, cooking oil and turkey fryers.


Safety in the home with circuit interrupters


The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February.


Smoking materials (i.e., cigarettes, cigars, pipes, etc.) are the leading cause of fire deaths in the United States.


Children playing with fire cause hundreds of deaths and injuries each year.

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