Sharjah launches emergency preparedness tips in Braille
Disaster, News, April 14 2017
SHARJAH: The Sharjah Civil Defence Department on Wednesday launched a safety awareness system initiative for people with vision disabilities through Braille, to inform them about various types of risks.
The initiative is first of its kind in the country, aimed at ensuring the safety of people with vision disabilities. The Sharjah Civil Defence has designed the safety awareness materials in Braille – the system of raised dots that can be read using the fingertips – to allow people with vision disabilities be aware of safety and protection procedures.
Colonel Sami Al Naqbi, Deputy Director of the Sharjah Civil Defence, said that they prepared material using Braille to allow people with vision disabilities to learn safety tips and instructions that prevent them from being injured or victim to fire accidents and any kind of hazards at home, including other accidents such as burning, falling, suffocation, gas leaks and others.
The department took this all-important step as a number of accidents among people with vision disabilities have been noted, due to their limited mobility and response to incidents. This category of people are at a greater risk of injury or death in an emergency event. They may also be more likely to ignire a fire accidentally through common household accidents, while they are less able to extinguish or escape one.
Designing these education materials is part of an initiative by the Ministry of Interior to achieve its goal of ensuring safety and gaining the public’s trust. The Civil Defence is making great efforts to provide the best services to residents and enable their living in a safe, secure and stable environment. The body seeks to ensure that its services cover people with disabilities, especially in building construction and layout, making exits and safety equipment easily accessible for people with disabilities.
The initiative is also in line with the 2017 Year of Giving, as people with vision disabilities have difficulties conducting normal movement and activities.