Visual Smoke Alarms

April 20, 2010 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

Visual Smoke AlarmsI attended the LEND Focus group for deaf and hard of hearing individuals last Tuesday afternoon. We had a presenter from the Loudoun Country Fire and Rescue Department. She informed that they have a program to provide visual smoke alarms. I then shared it with our Executive Director, David Burds, and he thought it would be worthwhile to do this research with other Counties in Northern VA to share with you readers.

Both Fairfax and Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Departments have programs to provide visual smoke alarms. A visual smoke alarm is a special device to alert deaf and hard of hearing occupants when smoke or fire is detected. The alarm will produce an increased audible alert and also emit a strobe light when activated. There are also other devices available specifically for sleeping areas; such as alarms that will vibrate to awake and alert the individual when the smoke alarm is activated.

Also, they both offer a program to provide fire safety for deaf and hard of hearing at no cost.

Unfortunately, Arlington and Alexandria do not have this program.

By Doreen Solar, ECNV Deaf Peer Mentor

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