Don’t play with fire!

August 15, 2011

Don’t play with fire!

We may have heard this uttered time and time again as children, but this adage takes on a whole new meaning in adulthood, as we understand all there is to lose. Sadly, each year, many people’s homes are destroyed, along with all of their belongings, in house fires.

Not hearing a smoke detector or fire alarm go off, especially at night, is a genuine concern for people with total or partial hearing loss, since most sleep without their hearing aids. However, did you know that, in some Québec towns1, you can have yourself added to the local fire department’s registry of persons with disabilities2. Such registries let the firefighters called to a scene know whether there is someone inside who may not have heard the alarm, so they can attend to that person immediately in the event of a fire.

To find out whether this service is available in your area3 and/or have your name added to the list, simply contact your local fire department and inquire. Requests can also be submitted online in some regions.
References:
1. Most notably, the cities of Montréal, Longueuil, Thetford Mines and Saguenay offer this service.
2. The name of this registry varies from one town to the next; in Longueuil for example, it is called the Programme de secours adapté (adapted rescue program).
3. Some cities, such as Québec City, have a register, but it only includes persons with severely restricted mobility.