Safe at Home: Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities

safeathome_houseonlyPeople with intellectual disabilities are 4 times more likely to die in a fire than the general population, and their risk increases as they move toward more independent living.

Safe at Home: Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities was created for Prevention 1st by Community Health Strategies to improve the safety of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities either living independently or preparing to do so.


“Stephen went from not knowing how to implement fire safety for himself to actually scheduling his monthly practice routines…He now has the means to protect himself from fire in his home and to be safer in the kitchen. We would recommend this program to anyone who wants their adult children to be independent.”

–parents of a Safe at Home participant

Note: If you live in the Rochester, NY area and would like to join a Safe at Home pilot program of in-home training sessions for individuals with intellectual disabilities who are new to independent living, please submit a Safe at Home Participant Application.


The Safe at Home curriculum is customized to the individual and includes:

  • A residential assessment of fire and burn hazards in the individual’s residence, working with them and their circles of support to reduce these hazards.
  • Customized teaching of essential fire safety skills:
    • Locating and testing of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Having a working smoke alarm reduces the chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
    • Escaping the bedroom at night if an alarm sounds. Most fatal fires happen at night when people are asleep.
    • Calling 911.
    • General cooking safety, targeting the behaviors that cause 70% of cooking fires. Cooking is the leading cause of home fires.

Training consists of approximately 6 sessions in the individual’s residence. We have a partnership with TouchStream Solutions, which can be incorporated into individual training programs.

The Safe at Home curriculum was developed and evaluated in a pilot program with the help of grants from the Developmental Disabilities Giving Circle of the Rochester Area Community Foundation and the Jane L. and Laurence C. Glazer Charitable Trust.

Safe at Home: Safety Training for People with Intellectual Disabilities is delivered for Prevention 1st by Community Health Strategy trainers. Meet our Training Team.