Alarms for deaf
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.