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Fire Safety Resource Collection

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Fire safety is important for all individuals, especially those with autism. This resource page was created to provide a central location for fire safety resources including fire safety plans, fire safety education, and how to prepare and stay safe during a fire.

Autism 101 for Fire and Rescue

A guide for fire and rescue personnel from Speak Unlimited Education & Advocacy that provides information regarding autism facts to know, difficulties with rescue, and other issues that are frequently encountered by fire and rescue personnel.

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Fire Safety Outreach Materials for People with Disabilities

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) reviews and collects resources that can be used in public outreach activities to help keep people with disabilities safe from home fires. Please click on the link below to access this helpful resource.

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Safety Signals: Fire Safety Videos

“Safe Signals” is an educational video that promotes fire and burn safety in the home to young adults with autism created by The Ohio State University Health System Nursing Patient Education, The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center, The Ohio State University Medical Center’s Burn Center, and Autism Speaks.

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Home Safety for People with Disabilities

This resource provides information on creating fire safety plans for individuals with disabilities, and how to address specific needs such as for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Fire Safety: How to Stay Safe Social Story

This social story was created by ASERT to describe the elements of fire safety for individuals with autism.

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Fire Safety Tips

Fire safety is important for everyone, but particularly important for individuals with disabilities and those with limited communication skills. Here are some tips and resources to support people with disabilities.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.