Specialised smoke alarm for hearing impaired

Smoke alarms are known to give people the greatest chance of surviving a house fire, even for those with a hearing impairment.

Specialised smoke alarm for hearing impaired

Smoke alarms are known to give people the greatest chance of surviving a house fire, even for those with a hearing impairment.

A specialised smoke alarm is exists for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The main body of the unit looks like a normal smoke alarm on your ceiling. The other parts are a strobe light and vibrating pad for your bed that are activated by the smoke alarm.

The husband of a CFA volunteer from Selby, Greg Milnes is hearing impaired and has had one of the specialised smoke alarms in his house for over a decade.

“The main unit on the roof sends a signal to the other unit in your bedroom. If there is a fire, the strobe light starts flashing and it’s like a disco in your room,” Mr Milnes said.

“I have the vibrating pad hanging on the bedhead and when it vibrates it makes an almighty racket!”

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