Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors For The Deaf and Hard Of Hearing

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Carbon monoxide detectors for the deaf and hard of hearing

As winter is upon us, the risks associated with home heating systems increases. The danger of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation is especially harmful to the deaf and hard of hearing. Standard audible detectors are of little value for people who can’t hear. However, there is good news in the form of alerts that use visual and vibrotactile alarms for waking up the deaf and hard of hearing among us. If you are deaf or hearing impaired and using conventional alert systems, you can purchase an add-on system for your conventional detectors. It is also possible to buy a specialized carbon monoxide or smoke detector that is specifically designed to meet your hearing needs.

Alerts For The Hearing Impaired

Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms prevent fatalities every year. However, there are 28 million deaf and hearing impaired Americans who are not able to benefit from these life-saving devices. Fast thinking and quick action are essential for emergencies, but poor hearing ability decreases one’s ability to respond in such a manner. However, there is good news for anyone who has trouble hearing. There are devices made exclusively for the deaf and hearing impaired that feature visual and vibrotactile alerts. For the hearing impaired, these life-saving devices are essential.

Alarms That Light Up

A standard auditory alert will not benefit the hard of hearing individual when carbon monoxide and fire are a threat. However, a signal that uses a laboratory tested strobe light will help. These high-intensity strobe lights are fully capable of waking a sleeping person. A few top products that meet the U.L. standard include the following:

Safety Guidelines

Carbon monoxide and fires in the home are a life-threatening emergency. It is essential to develop a safety plan that you share with others. There are general safety guidelines for fires and carbon monoxide poisoning. These tips will help to keep you safe no matter what system you are using.

  • Install alarm systems on all levels of your home. These systems should feature a flash or vibration and require testing on a monthly basis.
  • Do not be concerned about saving property.
  • Develop a safety plan and make sure your family, a neighbor, or the building manager is aware of the idea. Practice the safety plan to ensure that you are familiar with it.
  • Practice escaping from all the rooms in your house.
  • Check for smooth movement of windows and window screens.
  • Decide on a meeting area that is outside of your residence where everyone can assemble in case of emergency.
  • Do not open a door that is hot to the touch.
  • When running through smoke, crawl low and keep your mouth covered.

A fire or a buildup of carbon monoxide is a serious, life-threatening emergency. If you have difficulty hearing, do not trust your safety to a standard detector that you can’t hear. Check out the latest high-tech alerts that can wake you visually or via vibration. These devices can save your life so make it a point to research these systems.

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