Smoke alarms

It is very important to have a working smoke alarm in your home, and to be confident that it will alert or wake you in the event of fire. Standard smoke alarms for the home produce an intense sound but the pitch is too high for some people to hear.  The sound can be diminished further if you sleep with your bedroom door closed, for example.

For severely/profoundly deaf people a good option is a special smoke alarm ‘kit’ that incorporates a bright flashing light and under-mattress vibrator pad as well as a standard smoke alarm. However, be aware that although this provides good protection while you’re sleeping, you may not be alerted when you are away from your bedroom during the day.

A smoke alarm kit for deaf and hard of hearing people (Image © RNID)

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