Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service urges the severely deaf to check they have the right smoke alarms fitted

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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service is reaching out to people who are severely deaf to ensure they have the right smoke alarms fitted in their homes.

People who are profoundly deaf are unable to hear ordinary smoke alarms at night:

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 regularly to make sure they work!

Specialist alarm systems provide valuable time to escape from a house blaze. Without it, lives could be lost.MARK DUCIE, COMMUNITY SAFETY MANAGER, CUMBRIA FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE

A range of alarms have been specifically designed for the hard of hearing to alert them to a fire, even if they remove their hearing aid at night.

These specialist alarms can be vibrating or feature strobe lighting and be in the form of small wearable radio linked pagers.

Free Safe and Well visits are being offered to help plan escape routes, position alarms and check the right ones are fitted.