NFPA Public Education Division 1 Batterymarch Park, Quincy, MA 02169
Your Source for SAFETY Information
for People who are Deaf
or Hard of Hearing
for People who are Deaf
or Hard of Hearing
Home fire sprinklers keep fires
small. This gives people more
time to escape in a fire.
Smoke AlarmsSmoke Alarms
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom. They should also be outside each
sleeping area and on every level of the home. For added safety, interconnect
all the smoke alarms. If one sounds, they all sound. This gives people more
time to escape.
Working smoke alarms
save lives. However,
people who are deaf or
hard of hearing may not
be able to depend on the
traditional smoke alarm
to alert them to a fire.
KKK Smoke alarms and alert devices are available for
people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
KKK Strobe lights flash when the smoke alarm sounds.
The lights warn people of a possible fire.
KKK When people who are deaf are asleep, a pillow or
bed shaker can wake them so they can escape. The
shaker is activated by the sound of a smoke alarm.
KKK When people who are hard of hearing are asleep,
a loud, mixed, low-pitched sound alert device can
wake them. They may find a pillow or bed shaker
helpful. These devices are triggered by the sound of
the smoke alarm.
KKK Research the products and select the ones that best
meet your needs.
Search home improvement store websites or use a
general search engine to look for strobe light smoke
alarms. BRK / First Alert, Gentex, and Kidde brands
offer this type of smoke alarm. Find smoke alarm
accessories such as pillow shakers, transmitters, and
receivers at, and Choose devices that have the label of a
recognized testing laboratory.
Test all smoke alarms at
least once a month using
the test button. ©NFPA 2016
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