- If you have difficulty hearing, you can get a smoke alarm which uses a strobe light and vibrating pads. Alternatively, consider linking the alarm system, which can alert you of any danger.
- In the event of a fire, if it is difficult for you to call 999 yourself, ask a neighbour to do it for you.
- If you have specialist communication, such as a text phone or Minicom, you can contact the emergency services on 18000.
- Put a coloured sticker on your smoke alarm if you have trouble seeing it to test it.
- Consider fitting bump-ons (also known as plastic blisters) to appliances as a way of making sure they are switched off properly.
- Check electrical leads regularly by touch. If they are frayed or faulty, don’t plug them in or switch them on. If electrics are giving off a burning smell, turn them off and unplug them immediately.
- You may want to consider placing a tactile indicator along your escape route to make it easier to find the exit.
- If it is difficult for you to test your smoke alarm, ask someone to do it for you. You can get easy access alarms, which can be tested from the wall rather than the ceiling. The Disabled Living Foundation can provide more information on these products.
- If you have trouble moving around, consider fitting an intercom which will allow you to alert someone else in the house in the event of an emergency.
- Make sure you have easy access to any mobility aids you may need, such as a walking stick.
If you use oxygen
- Make sure your oxygen equipment is stored safely out of direct sunlight, well ventilated, always dry and away from heat sources.
- Don’t use oxygen near naked flames, including gas and electric cookers – three metres (10ft) is a safe distance.
- Never smoke or use electrical appliances, such as hairdryers, whilst using oxygen.
- Contact your oxygen supplier for further guidance.
Age UK – electric blanket testing or access to handymen. Freephone 0800 169 6565 or visit www.ageuk.org.uk
Disabled Living Foundation – free impartial advice on disability and mobility products. 0845 130 9177 or visit www.dlf.org.uk
RNIB – specialist equipment and advice for blind and partially sighted people. 030 3123 9999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk
Action on Hearing Loss – specialist equipment and advice for deaf and hard of hearing people. 0808 808 0123 or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
Sense – support for people who are deafblind. 0845 127 0066 / textphone 0845 127 0066 or visit www.sense.org.uk
Scope – information and support for people who are disabled, especially those with cerebral palsy. 0808 800 3333 or visit www.scope.org.uk
Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation (RADAR). 0207 250 3222 or visit www.radar.org.uk
The Fire Kills campaign has produced a fire safety leaflet for people with sight, hearing or mobility issues – this is also available in large print.