People with hearing loss and those who are deaf must have the right sort of smoke alarms fitted to their homes.
A whole range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms to small wearable radio linked pagers. These specialist alarms can save lives, alerting people to a fire in their home, even if they remove their hearing aids at night.
It is very important that those people with hearing loss and those who are severely deaf, have the right sort of smoke alarm system fitted to their homes.
During Deaf Awareness Week, Action on Hearing Loss is reminding people to make sure they fit and test the right smoke alarms for those who suffer from hearing loss in their homes.
Fire Station Commander Stuart Crebbin, from the Community Risk department, said: “It is vital that people who are deaf or hard of hearing ensure they have the right smoke alarm technology in their homes to protect them and that they test them regularly, to make sure they work.”
“Many people with hearing loss could be at serious risk if they don’t have the right alarm in place. A special alarm system, provides valuable time to escape from a house blaze. Without it, lives could be lost.”
He added: “Home Fire Safety Checks offer people the opportunity to get invaluable advice about planning escape routes, positioning smoke alarms, as well as other vital safety advice.”
Source: worcester news
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