FIRE officers are encouraging deaf people and those with hearing problems to ensure they have effective smoke alarms.
Cleveland Fire Brigade is reminding residents of the importance of fitting and regular testing of appropriate smoke alarms to mark Deaf Awareness Week, which takes place this Monday, May 7, to Sunday, May 13.
An estimated one million adults in the UK are unable to hear a smoke alarm because of hearing difficulties or removing their hearing aid at night.
Les Jones, head of community safety at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “It is 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 weekly 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, and without it lives could be lost.”
A specific smoke alarm kit is available for deaf and hard of hearing people and Cleveland Fire Support Network volunteers, who work alongside Cleveland Fire Brigade, visit homes to discuss the needs of individuals and fit the equipment.
Anyone in doubt about the alarm they need can book a free home safety fire visit by calling (01429) 874125 or Typetalk on 18001 875102.
People can send an emergency text message to 07718 999999. Standard text message rates will apply.