Working Smoke Alarms save lives! But those who are deaf or hearing impaired cannot depend on the sound of a standard Smoke Alarm to alert them to a fire.
Plus, if your tenant uses hearing aids, they’re less likely to hear the Smoke Alarm when they take them out to sleep. That’s why it’s vital to get a Smoke Alarm that’s specifically designed for people who are deaf or hearing impaired. It will protect your tenant from danger, giving them valuable time to escape.
Specialised Smoke Alarms have been designed for people who are deaf or hearing impaired.
These have a strobe light and/or a vibrating pad that can be placed under the pillow which activates when the Smoke Alarm sounds and can be interconnected with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home. If one of the alarms senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash, and the vibrating pad will vibrate.
If the tenant moves to another property, the whole alarm system can be taken with them.
There are also subsidy schemes available to assist with the costing of this type of alarm, contact the Deaf Society/ Organisation located in your State/Territory for eligibility requirements.