Stafford firefighters are supporting National Deaf Awareness Week which runs from 28th June and 4th July.
“People who are deaf or hard of hearing are putting themselves at serious risk by not having a specialist alarm fitted."
Firefighters from Stafford White Watch will be attending a deaf group meeting on Friday 2nd July at The Flash Lea Centre in Stafford. They will be speaking about fire safety in the home and raising awareness about the different kinds of smoke alarms which are available for those hard of hearing. A signing translator will be interpreting to the group.
Risk Reduction Officer, Chris Plant said: “Many people with hearing loss may be at risk when they are not wearing hearing aids or when they are far from their smoke alarm – especially if sleeping with their bedroom door closed. This means they might not be able to hear their smoke alarm if it goes off during the night, which is when the majority of fires in the home occur.
“People who are deaf or hard of hearing are putting themselves at serious risk by not having a specialist alarm fitted. There is a variety of equipment available, based on a persons circumstances. These can include pagers and vibrating pillow pads. For some people it may just be that they can only hear certain frequencies, in which case we can provide alarms that alert with sounds of a certain frequency.”
People who are deaf or hard or hearing can book their free home fire risk check which can include the fitting or free alarms by ringing 0800 0241 999 or by using MINICOM: 0800 0241 998.