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03 May 2016

Fire safety advice for Deaf Awareness Week

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Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Deaf Awareness Week (2-8 May), highlighting the importance of people who are deaf or hard of hearing having the right smoke alarms in their homes.

 

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and would be unable to hear a standard smoke alarm at night. So as part of Deaf Awareness Week, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is reminding Cumbrian residents to make sure they fit and test the right smoke alarms for those who suffer from hearing loss in 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 aid at night.

 

Mark Ducie, Community Safety Manager, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service said: “It’s vital that people who are deaf or hard of hearing ensure they have the right smoke alarm technology in their home 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 specialist alarm system provides valuable time to escape from a house blaze. Without it, lives could be lost.

 

“Anyone unsure about the alarm they need should contact Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for a free Home Fire Safety Check. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.”

 

Home Fire Safety Checks offer people the opportunity to get invaluable advice from their local fire and rescue service about planning escape routes, positioning alarms and ensuring that the correct, working smoke alarm is fitted in your home.

 

For more information on fire safety please visit www.facebook.com/firekills or speak to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service by calling 0800 3584777.

 

 

British Standard BS5446-3:2005, which was amended in 2007, specifies smoke alarm kits for deaf and hard of hearing people. Products made to this standard give deaf people assurance of quality smoke alarms designed to meet their needs.

 

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 2-8 May 2016.

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Cumbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Deaf Awareness Week (2-8 May), highlighting the importance of people who are deaf or hard of hearing having the right smoke alarms in their homes.