Fire safety for the physically disabled

The United Spinal Assn. is offering a free publication offering guidance on fire prevention and emergency response involving wheelchair-bound individuals.


The United Spinal Assn. has released a booklet that addresses fire prevention and planning for people with mobility impairment. “Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home”—targeted at fire safety and building code officials, emergency planners, and building owners and managers—was released in conjunction with October’s Disability Awareness Month, and the New York Fire Dept. (FDNY) Fire Prevention Week.

“Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home” includes information on new building codes, protocols and procedures, what to do before a fire occurs, and what to do in case of fire. The association offers versions in English and Spanish.

According to United Spinal president Paul Tobin, the U.S. Census Bureau puts the number of Americans with mobility impairments at more than 21.2 million. “By understanding their special evacuation needs, safety can be improved in the workplace and home,” he says.

FDNY fire commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta says, “We are grateful to the United Spinal Association for helping us educate New York City’s wheelchair users about how to stay fire safe. This is a vital message that is of tremendous importance to the Department during Fire Prevention Week and throughout the year.”

To obtain a copy of the booklet or learn more, visit the United Spinal site .

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