Smoke alarms are not just a flashy accessory

Margo Morrison and Steven Michie'somke alarms for the deaf'Fife Fire and Rescue Service

Margo Morrison and Steven Michie'somke alarms for the deaf'Fife Fire and Rescue Service

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A CAMPAIGN to improve the safety of people who are deaf or hard of hearing from the risk of fire is proving a success after its first full year.

Standard smoke alarms, which only beep, are unsuitable for anyone with a hearing loss, so together, Fife Council’s Occupational Therapy Service and Fife Fire and Rescue Service (FFRS) have been ensuring those in that position have new alarms which flash and vibrate.

Roseanne Fearon, head of adult services said: “In the first year of the collaboration, 239 people have had smoke alarms fitted. The new smoke alarms have no wires and use Wifi. The device that goes with the smoke alarm flashes, vibrates and can be used under a pillow while sleeping. It can also be taken with you to different rooms.”

Margo Morrison, from Buckhaven, has one in her home. She said: “I am delighted that we have got a detector fitted in the house.

“It is a simple device but gives me and my family great comfort to know that, should we be unlucky enough to have a fire in the house, I would be alerted to it.”

Steven Michie, of FFRS said: “Smoke alarms do save lives and I urge anyone who does not have a working smoke alarm to ensure they contact their local fire station or call freephone 0808 100 3141 or text “FIRE” to 61611.

“Your community firefighters can provide these and carry out home safety visits free of charge. Please don’t become a statistic for the sake of a phone call.”