Alarms for deaf

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

FIRE chiefs in Lin­colnshire are us­ing Deaf Aware­ness Week to re­mind hard of hear­ing com­mu­ni­ties about the im­por­tant of hav­ing ef­fec­tive smoke alarms.

Lin­colnshire Fire and Res­cue say around a mil­lion adults in the UK are un­able to hear an or­di­nary smoke alarm be­cause of hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties or re­mov­ing their hear­ing aid at night.

And the ser­vice is re­mind­ing those peo­ple to en­sure they buy spe­cial­ist alarms with strobe light­ing and vi­brat­ing pads, which can alert res­i­dents to a fire in their home even if they re­move their hear­ing aid.

Deb­bie Robin­son, deputy com­mu­nity fire safety man­ager, said: “It is vi­tal that peo­ple who are deaf or hard of hear­ing en­sure they have the right smoke alarm tech­nol­ogy in their home. A spe­cial­ist alarm sys­tem pro­vides valu­able time to es­cape from a house blaze. With­out it, lives could be lost.”

For a free home fire safety check, call the ser­vice on 01522 582222 or email HFSC@ lin­coln.fire-uk.org.

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