Text Box: Designed for homebound or Physically Challenged individuals in  emergency situations. This program allows EMS, Fire Departments, and Law Enforcement to have information that would allow them faster access to you when you need them the most.

Steps to a safer environment for you or a loved one with physical challenges


1. Contact the Stokes County Fire Marshals office at 593-2083 or email us  your name, address and telephone number.


2. You will receive a call to schedule an appointment.


3. The Fire Marshal will come out to your home - assess your home for fire dangers, draw the layout of your home and put stickers in areas of the home that would make you or your loved one easily accessible for emergency responders.


4.   Once your home has been visited by the Fire Marshal’s Office they will contact Stokes County Communications and make them aware of you. In the event of an emergency situation  Fire   Departments, Emergency Management and Law Enforcement would be notified that there is a physically challenged person in the home.




Physically Challenged doesn’t necessarily mean you are bedridden or in a wheelchair it can be any condition that could cause difficulty in communicating with Emergency Responders in the event of an    emergency.

For More Information

contact the

 Stokes County Fire Marshals Office


Fax 336-593-2359

Email dbcraig@co.stokes.nc.us


Text Box: PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED are faced with many challenges in life. Personal safety, especially fire safety, is one challenge that many perceive as an obstacle. It doesn’t have to be this way. By being aware of one’s own special capabilities and following fire safety practices tailored to certain needs, you can lead a fire-safe life. Here are a few tips to protect yourself or the people you care about the most.

 Install And Maintain Smoke Alarms - Install working smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas. Test and dust each alarm monthly, and change the batteries at least once a year. If hardwired make sure they are equipped with battery backup. 

Plan And Practice Escape Plans (sign up for the Physically Challenged Program) - Plan an escape around your capabilities. Know at least two exits from every room. Make sure you can unlock all your doors and windows. Be sure you know how to open your windows. Make any necessary accommodations (such as installation of exit ramps) to facilitate an emergency escape. By signing up for the Physically Challenged program a  member from the Stokes County Fire Marshals office will help you plan an escape route, put stickers on windows or doors to identify areas of the home you stay in. They will also notify  9-1-1 Communications and other emergency personnel that you or a Physically Challenged person lives in your home. 

Know What To Do In Case Of Fire - practice two ways out of every room in your home. Get out as soon as you discover a fire; do not try to fight the fire or gather possessions. Once you’re out, stay out. Call 9-1-1 - If you’re trapped, close all doors between you and the fire. Fill cracks in doors and cover vents with a damp cloth to keep smoke out. If possible, let the 911 operator know exactly where you’re located in the home.