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Special Needs

Medical oxygen safety checklist

Medical Oxygen when exposed to heat sources or open flames, i.e. lighted cigarettes, may cause sudden fire intensity, where the cigarette suddenly explodes into fire.
Learn more about fire safety and medical oxygen when used in a private dwelling.

Smoke Alarms for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

There are specialised smoke alarms available for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. These have a flashing strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activate when the smoke alarm sounds and are designed to interconnect with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home.
Learn more about smoke alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired.

SABRE - Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement

The SABRE (Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement) program is designed to support the elderly, residing in their own homes and that have limited domestic support*, to live independently and remain valuable assets in the community. The program sees Fire and Rescue NSW forming partnerships with other community organisations to assist senior citizens in the maintenance of their fire safety devices.
Learn more about SABRE - Smoke Alarm and Battery REplacement

Hoarding and Squalor Fire Safety

Hoarding has been known to increase the risks of fire because the accumulation of possessions results in an abnormally high fuel load which provides a much greater opportunity for ignition, exits may be blocked and narrow internal pathways impede escape for the occupant and make firefighting difficult.
Hoarding and Squalor Fire Safety.

For community service workers: Basic home fire safety training materials

Basic home fire safety information is now included in the qualifications for a range of community services workers. The lesson materials for this have been centrally developed to ensure their application and use in all states and territories. In addition to their use in formal training the material is also recommended for use by community agencies in staff induction for new workers and skills maintenance for existing workers.
Home Fire Safety Training Materials.