Fire service to help deaf people

By David Newble

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

 

THE Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is supporting national Deaf Awareness Week, which takes place between May 19 and 25.

The focus of this year’s campaign is to ensure people with hearing problems have sufficient smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

Steve Apter, the service’s chief fire officer, said: "It is vital people who are deaf or hard of hearing ensure they have the right smoke alarm technology in their home to protect them. They also need to ensure they test them regularly to make sure they work.

"A specialist alarm system provides valuable time to escape from a house blaze. If anyone is unsure about the alarm they need they should contact the fire service or speak to us to arrange a free home fire safety check."

For more information, visit the website www.iwight.com/fire or visit the Fire Kills Facebook page at www.facebook.com/firekills .

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Susannah Thornton

14th May 2014, at 19:03:31

I know of someone, albeit not on the Island, who has had alarms fitted by their Fire & Rescue Service and also a vibrating type pad that goes under their pillow at night. It is linked to the smoke alarm and if that is activated then the pad starts to move and wake the person up. Very good technology and at the end of the day could be a life saver. Well done to all Fire Services for implementing procedures and alarms etc to those that need them

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by Colin Russell

14th May 2014, at 14:48:50

Sound like a life saver to me , lets hope it gets taken up by the people its targeted at

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