Smoke alarms for the deaf

Did you know that there are smoke alarm systems specifically designed to alert deaf people of a fire? One model, the Deafgard, is an acoustically triggered unit that is activated when the fire alarm system is sounding. The Deafgard comprises of a vibration pad and a strobe light. The pad is placed under the pillow at night and should the fire alarm sound, the pad will begin to vibrate and the strobe light is triggered, waking the deaf or hard of hearing person.

This alarm is portable and will work in conjunction with most smoke alarm systems giving the user peace of mind on holiday as well as at home.

On the other end of the technical spectrum is a new invention that has been launched in Tokyo for alerting the deaf through the sense of smell. This new alarm sprays wasabi vapour when activated by a smoke alarm. The vapour is reported to be so strong that it will wake the sleeping occupant within two minutes.

Although this is a novel idea it is unclear what life span this alarm has and how long the wasabi scent lasts, this is important to ensure that regular checks of the alarm can be made to ensure that it is in good working order.

We will have to watch the UK market for the first signs of the new scent alarm to learn more. In the meantime, if you require any further information on the means of alerting the deaf or hard of hearing to a fire, please visit the dedicated Hard of Hearing section on our website.

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