Deaf Awareness Month: How are Deaf People Alerted to a Fire if They can’t Hear the Smoke Alarm?

Screenshot 2018-09-11 12.30.14There are on average 358,500 home fires a year in the US.  On average 7 people die in home fires per day in the US. Most of those are due to no smoke detector present, or a smoke detector that isn’t plugged in or doesn’t have batteries.

But, what do you do if you cannot hear your smoke detector? What if you are deaf, or have hearing loss that makes the nighttime completely silent for you?

Not hearing the smoke or CO detector, can be a life-threatening situation – what options do Deaf People Have?

There are a few different ways to be alerted but the most common are called signaling systems, and they all have similar features to one another.

Flashing Lights, Super Loud Alarms, and  Bed Shakers to Shake you Awake


Screenshot 2018-09-11 12.32.14Most signaling systems listen for your existing smoke detectors in your home. There are a few that require you to buy their connected smoke detector, but the majority allow you to use the ones in your home, as long as yours is working, so you do not need to spend any additional dollars on a smoke detector,




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The majority of them will have a flashing a strobe light in your room will shake the bed with the provided bed shaker that can be placed under the pillow or between the mattress and box spring.  They also have a super loud 110 dB alarm that is much louder than the traditional 85 dB of a smoke detector,  since they are so much closer to you than the smoke detector if you can hear a little – this is a great option for you.


Here are a couple signaling systems that are used most:

1. SafeAwakeScreenshot 2018-09-11 14.16.04 is a very basic option for  the deafe to be alerted to Smoke Alarms. It only has the one feature – but it does it well.





2. Screenshot 2018-09-11 14.23.14The Lifetone, which also has the alarm clock and screen is another great option for people with hearing loss who would like an Alarm Clock that also alerts you to the smoke detector.




1000x813-HomeAware-+SmokeCO-photo3. The HomeAware is a new user favorite because of the alarm clock and scrolling display as well as the ability to alert you to both Smoke and CO detectors. It also can be customized to alert you to many other things around your home such as the phone, door, weather radio, and more.








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