One in six Australians are affected by hearing loss and over half (53%) of those that are hard of hearing don't wear their hearing aids or cochlear implants while they sleep. Most house fires occur at night, its concerning that (25%) of Australians believe that their elderly relatives would sleep through a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms save lives but those who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot depend on the sound of the regular alarm to alert them to a fire.
Brooks has solutions specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
In the event of a fire, as well as sounding an audible warning, the alarm will activate a high intensity strobe light and a vibrating pad located beneath the sleeper’s pillow, to alert them of the danger. This can be interconnected with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home. If one alarm senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash and the vibrating pad will vibrate. As seen on PRIME7 click here to view.
Every minute counts in a home fire, therefore it's important to have and know your escape plan and a alarm system designed for your needs to give you and your family the earliest warning possible. Families who are well prepared are more likely to escape their homes safely and without panic
Find out more about Brooks Hard of Hearing Solutions below on our YouTube Brooks Learning Video and download our Home Fire Safety Checklist
People who wish to purchase smoke alarms suitable for the deaf or hard of hearing should contact the appropriate organisation in their state. You may be eligible for a smoke alarm subsidy which varies between states.
- Mains powered installation – Deaf and hard of hearing alarms (video supplied courtesy of the Deaf Society of NSW)
- Mains powered details – Deaf and hard of hearing alarms (video supplied courtesy of the Deaf Society of NSW)
- Battery powered smoke alarm – Deaf and hard of hearing alarms (video supplied courtesy of the Deaf Society of NSW)