Nearly 54 million Americans cope with special needs, nearly one-fifth, have physical, sensory or intellectual disabilities. One out of every 26 families reported raising children with a disability. One out of 9 children under the age of 18 in the US toda;y receive special education services.
Some things to consider if you know of anyone with a disability:
• Home fire sprinklers protect lives by keeping fires small. When choosing an apartment or home, look for one that has home fire sprinklers.
• Install smoke alarms in every sleeping room and outside every sleeping area.
• Test the smoke alarms at least once a month by touching the test button.
• Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
• Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds. The lights warn people of a possbible fire.
• When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or bed shaker can wake them so they can escape.
• When people who are hard of hearing are asleep, a loud, mixed, low pitched sound alert device can wake them. These devices are triggered by the sound of the smoke alarm.
• Have an escape plan for everyone in the home.
The 7th annual S.A.F.F.E. day will be taking place next weekend. The event occurs on the third Saturday of September every year. The day is for anyone with a special need or disability and is free for them and their families. If you know anyone with a special need please remind them to be downtown on Saturday and enjoy a day that is special just for them. It begins at 9:00 A.M.
• Parts of this article were “Reproduced with permission of the NFPA”