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Fire Risks for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing

By United States Access Board

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Book Id: WPLBN0000692567
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Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Fire Risks for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing  
Author: United States Access Board
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Access Board, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Collections: U.S. Access Board Collection
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Publisher: United States Access Board


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Excerpt: This report is one in a series of four that discuss the increased fire risks for four groups of the general population: -- Older adults -- The mobility impaired -- The deaf or hard of hearing -- The blind or visually impaired. Older adults?those over 65 years of age?represent one of the highest fire risk groups in the United States, in large part because they are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Of course, many older adults may also fall into the other three groups since the elderly suffer some or all of these impairments to a much greater degree than does the general population. People who are deaf or have hearing impairments, those who are blind or have vision impairments, and those with mobility impairments may face unique challenges in an emergency. Their ability to detect a fire or escape its effects may be hindered by their impairments. As a result, people with these impairments are at a greater risk of death or injury due to fire...

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Table of Contents -- OVERVIEW OF THE ?FIRE RISKS? SERIES 1 -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.. 3 -- INTRODUCTION . 5 -- THE DEAF AND HARD-OF-HEARING POPULATION 7 -- Estimates. 7 -- Hearing Loss.. 7 -- Cultural Perceptions .. 8 -- Federal Laws and Regulations.. 9 -- FIRE RISKS 11 -- Residence. 11 -- Specialized Smoke Alarms .. 11 -- Public Fire Education. 12 -- Educational Barriers 13 -- Communication Barriers .. 14


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