If you or someone you care for is D/deaf or hard of hearing, smoke alarms are available that use a strobe light and vibrating pads.
These alarms systems work in the same way as other smoke alarms and are available following an assessment. Please contact us via email at [email protected] or phone us for free on 0800 038 2323.
Another consideration is fitting interlinked smoke alarms that connect to the telecare, carecall or lifeline system.
If you have specialist communication, such as a text phone or Minicom, you can contact the emergency services on 18000.
Register for the SMS 999 service, it will link you automatically to the emergency services. To register, text ‘register’ to 999. You will get a reply – then follow the instructions.
Limited sight can make escaping the property in the event of a fire more difficult, so consider placing a tactile indicator along your escape route to make it easier to find the exit.
If you or the person you care for has trouble seeing the smoke alarm to test it, try putting a brightly coloured sticker on it.
Consider fitting bump-ons (also known as plastic blisters) to appliances as a way of making sure they are switched off properly.
Check electrical leads regularly by touch. If they are frayed or faulty, don’t plug them in or switch them on. If electrics are giving off a burning smell, turn them off and unplug them immediately.
We offer free Safe & Well visits, where we come to the home at a convenient time to see what we can do together to make you or the person you care for safer. We will fit free smoke alarms where required.
To request a free Safe and Well Visit, please call 0800 038 2323 or click here.