Most house fires occur at night while we sleep and have no sense of smell, so it’s simply not worth the risk of ignoring fire safety. A working smoke alarm increases your chance of surviving a house fire by 60%.
Smoke alarms save lives but those who are deaf or hard of hearing cannot depend on the sound of the regular alarm to alert them to a fire. Brooks has solutions specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing.
In the event of a fire, as well as sounding an audible warning, the alarm will activate a high intensity strobe light and a vibrating pad located beneath the sleeper’s pillow, to alert them of the danger. This can be interconnected with conventional audible alarms in different locations within the home. If one alarm senses smoke, all alarms will sound, the strobe will flash and the vibrating pad will vibrate.
The system can be used with photoelectric or ionisation alarms, utilising Brooks’ high quality detection technology. Up to 11 other alarms may be interconnected, along with high intensity strobe lights to offer a complete warning system throughout the property.
Features of Brooks smoke alarm system designed for the deaf and hard of hearing:
- Stand-alone unit designed for use with Brooks RadioLINK smoke alarms and accessories
- Wireless interconnection to radioLINK units
- High intensity strobe light with wide angle light output
- Plug-in vibration pad for use under a pillow or mattress (unit will alert the user if the pad is unplugged or wiring is damaged with a flashing LED)
- Visual radio-frequency and power indicators
- Unique house-coding capability
- Can be connected to compatible alarm clocks with 3.5mm mono jack plugs (will cause a constant vibration alert without triggering the strobe or auxiliary devices.
- Rechargeable battery back-up with low battery power warning
- Wall or surface mounting
- Designed for 7 day standby
- Additional strobes and vibration pads can be added for other rooms
People who wish to purchase smoke alarms suitable for the deaf or hard of hearing should contact the appropriate organisation in their state. You may be eligible for a smoke alarm subsidy which varies between states.
- NSW – Deaf Society NSW
- Victoria – Vicdeaf
- Queensland – Deaf Services Queensland
- South Australia – Australian Hearing locations for SA/NT
- Western Australia – WA Deaf Society
- Tasmania – Tasdeaf
- Northern Territory – Guide Dogs SA/NT | Australian Hearing
- New Zealand – Life Unlimited | Blind Foundation | Housing New Zealand | Deaf Aotearoa
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