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Fire safety advice for Deaf Awareness Week

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is marking Deaf Awareness Week by reminding people to make sure those with hearing problems have the right smoke alarms fitted.

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and would be unable to hear a standard home smoke alarm at night.

A range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms to small wearable radio linked pagers.

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service say these specialist alarms can save lives, alerting people to a fire in their home even if they remove their hearing aid at night.

“It’s 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 regularly, 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. Without it, lives could be lost.

“Anyone unsure about the alarm they need should contact Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service for a free Home Fire Safety Check. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.”

– Mark Ducie, Community Safety Manager, Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service

Home Fire Safety Checks offer people the opportunity to get invaluable advice from their local fire and rescue service about planning escape routes, positioning alarms and ensuring that the correct, working smoke alarm is fitted.

For more information on fire safety visit www.facebook.com/firekills or speak to Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service by calling 0800 3584777.

Deaf Awareness Week runs from 2-8 May.