Safety for the Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Smoke alarms save lives. But those who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot depend
on the sound of the alarm to alert them to a fire. There are now a variety of
smoke alarms on the market that combine sound and light to alert those with
limited hearing that there is a fire in the home.
Facts & Figures
- 15 of every 16 homes (94%) in the U.S. have at least one smoke alarm.
- One-half of home fire deaths occur in the 6% of homes with no smoke alarms.
- Half of all fatal fires start at night when people are asleep.
- Remember to factor in residents' hearing limitations when developing and
practicing your home fire escape plan.
- Consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light, vibration
and/or sound to alert people to a fire emergency. The majority of fatal fires
occur when people are sleeping, and because smoke can put people into a deeper
sleep, it is important to have the necessary early warning of a fire to ensure
that they wake up.
- Consider installing a smoke alarm with an extra loud horn. Some alarms now
feature horns that sound an 85-decibel alarm.
- Be sure that the smoke alarm you buy carries the label of an independent
- Keep a communications device nearby. If you use a TTY/TTD device, place it
close to the bed so that communication with emergency personnel is possible
should fire or smoke trap you in your room.
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Source: National Fire Protection AssociationLast Editorial Review: 6/20/2002