Louisianan 5-Year-Old Pint-Sized Hero Saves Her Blind Grandmother From Burning Home

5-Year-Old Pint-Sized Hero Saves Her Blind Grandmother From Burning Home: Cloe Woods, a five-year-old from Kenner, La., is being hailed a hero after she led her blind grandmother to safety when the stove in her home caught fire early Wednesday morning.

When it comes to Fire Safety, there is no age limit as to when or why training is necessary today.  According to improvenet.com, FEMA assists approximately 17,500 people a year that are injured because of fire.  Of those 17,500 people, 3,400 die of fire and the dangers associated for everyone involves people with disabilities.  So how or why challenge this topic?  Well, FEMA notes that individuals with disabilities may have a more difficult time escaping during a fire and to test these type of emergencies means to prevent them from happening by taking actions ahead of time without the help of a caregiver, friend or relative.

Luckily, in the above caption story, a 5-year-old child was an available resource for her Blind grandmother.  This child is a hero today!  People with disabilities need to take precautions in case of fire, whether at work or home just in cause there is no caretaker available.  Recommendations on how to prevent, prepare and recover from fires when Blindness or Low Vision, Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, Physical Disabilities, and Cognitive Impairments is something local firefighters should be consciously aware of due to higher risk during emergencies.

In closing, if someone suffers from Blindness or Low Vision in the United States, the danger levels must be learned due to the reliability of the senses in a time of danger.  Visually impaired people can protect themselves by taking precaution under the essential aspects of fire safety prevention.  FEMA and the U.S. Fire Administration offers tips for Fire Prevention and Preparedness for Recovery, including service animals (if applicable).  A Four-Step Plan for Children is also available at SafeKidsUSA to help parents of visually impaired children prepare for fires.

If someone is deaf or hard of hearing, special risks factors are involved due to the traditional nature of a smoke alarm.  Cochlear implants are available for the hearing impaired while they are sleeping to make hearing alarms possible while the hearing aids are not on the ear.  All home electrical systems, appliances, space heaters, flammable liquids, and stoves/candles should be checked for preventions as early notifications to making sure smoke alarms are working.


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