Making Fire Safety a Priority in Your Home
Nearly 2,500 people die in home fires each year. Eighty-two percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries in our country occur in the home – the very place we should feel most safe.
It is important to protect yourself and your loved ones by installing smoke alarms on every level of your home, including inside and outside sleeping areas. Traditional smoke alarms, however, do not always meet the needs of people with disabilities.
If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, you may not respond to the traditional smoke alarm alert. This is because most hearing loss begins with high frequencies, the same frequencies that smoke alarms use. You may use hearing aids during the day, but when you remove them at night, you may be unable to hear the smoke alarm alert.
Thanks to Fairfax County Disability Services
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