East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people with hearing loss that specialist smoke alarms are available.
The message comes as part of Deaf Awareness Week (2 – 8 May).
An estimated one million adults in the UK are unable to hear an ordinary smoke alarm because of hearing difficulties or removal of their hearing aid at night.
David Kemp, from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said, “Hearing loss doesn’t mean you have to compromise on smoke alarms. There are many different models which have been designed with features ranging from strobe lighting to vibrating alarms. These specialist alarms can alert people to a fire in their home even if they remove their hearing aid at night. They are real life savers.”
• Install at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home.
• The ideal position is on the ceiling, in the middle of a room or on a hallway or landing.
• Consider fitting additional alarms in other rooms where there are electrical appliances and near sleeping areas
• Don’t put alarms in or near kitchens and bathrooms where smoke or steam can set them off by accident.
• Replace your smoke alarms every ten years.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service work with a number of partners to identify those who need this type of specialist equipment. Referrals are made to our Home Safety Visit team who will visit the property to assess the needs of the occupier, and where deemed necessary, they install specialist alarms.
East Sussex County Council provides a range of services for people who have hearing or sight problems and who find it difficult to do daily tasks in the home. You can call 0345 60 80 191 or go online.
Promoted by the UK Council on Deafness, Deaf Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness that 1 in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have a hearing loss.
Members of the UK Council on Deafness and others have united behind a common purpose. It is to realise a vision of a world that benefits from people who are deaf or have a hearing loss being able to fulfil their potential.
For more information visit their website.