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Jersey Fire and Rescue Service promotes dDeaf Awareness Week

06 May 2020

Two fire appliances outside JFRS station

JFRS is reminding residents across the Island to make sure they fit and test the right smoke alarms for those who suffer from hearing loss in their homes.

A whole 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. These specialist alarms can save lives, alerting people to a fire in their home even if they remove their hearing aids at night.

Watch Commander Craig Channing from 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 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".

JFRS wants to ensure that our islands deaf residents can be safe in their homes when it comes to house fires. Therefore, in the event of a fire if it is difficult for you to call 999 yourself, ask a neighbour to do it for you. Alternatively you can contact the JFRS or Jersey Ambulance Service in an EMERGENCY via text message on 07797 797 934.

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