Fire Safety for People with Hearing Impairments

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Fire Safe and Sound

There are 11 million deaf or hard of hearing Americans who are unable to rely on the life-saving warning sound of a working smoke alarm to alert them of fire. It is crucial that this audience is aware of the availability of flashing or vibrating smoke alarms, and the importance of proper escape planning.

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages people with hearing impairments to practice the following precautionary steps.

Why are People with Hearing Impairments at Risk?

Install and Maintain Smoke Alarms

People with hearing impairments cannot rely on the traditional audible smoke alarm, but can rely on visual alarms equipped with strobe lights.

Don't Isolate Yourself

Plan Your Escape

In Case of Fire

Know Your Abilities

Remember, fire safety is your personal responsibility ... Fire Stops With You!