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Vicky (Information Officer)
#1 Posted : Friday, May 19, 2017 10:17:15 AM
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News in the loop: Merseyside Fire & Rescue smoke alarms reminder

More than 900,000 people in the UK are severely or profoundly deaf and would be unable to hear ordinary smoke alarms at night.

Therefore, as part of Deaf Awareness Week (May 15-21), Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is reminding the county’s residents to make sure they fit and test the right smoke alarms for those who suffer from hearing loss in their homes.

A whole range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms to small wearable radio-linked pagers.

These specialist alarms can save lives, alerting people to a fire in their home even if they remove their hearing aid at night.

For anyone concerned that a relative, friend or neighbour may not be able to hear their smoke alarm in the event of a fire, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service may be able to provide them with a hard of hearing smoke alarm featuring a vibrating pad and light strobe.

Station Manager for Community Safety Prevention & Protection, Kevin Johnson, said: “It is vital that people who are deaf or hard of hearing ensure they have the right smoke alarm technology in their home to protect them – and that they test them regularly, to make sure they work.

“Many people with hearing loss could be at serious risk if they don’t have the right alarms in place.

“Specialist alarm systems provide valuable time to escape from a house blaze.

“Without it, lives could be lost.

“Anyone unsure about the alarms they need should contact Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for a Home Fire Safety Check.

“We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.

“Home Fire Safety Checks offer people the opportunity to get invaluable advice about planning escape routes, positioning alarms and ensuring that appropriate working smoke alarms are fitted in your home.”

If you have concerns that a relative or friend may not be able to hear their smoke alarm in the event of a fire please call 0800 731 5958 or fill out the Home Fire Safety Check request form on

People who have difficulties with speech or are hard of hearing or deaf can email requesting fire safety information to be sent to them.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also urges people who are unable to make a voice call to 999 to register their mobile phones with the emergency SMS service.

This allows them to text an emergency call to any of the UK’s emergency services.

To do this they should text ‘register’ to 999 and then follow the instructions received.

Or for further information visit

Once registered the person can make an emergency call by sending a text to 999.

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Telephone: 0808 808 0123
Text phone: 0808 808 9000
SMS: 0780 0000360
#2 Posted : Friday, May 19, 2017 12:13:18 PM
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As far as I know the Fire Service are not equipped to service Bellman alarms.
#3 Posted : Saturday, May 20, 2017 10:49:52 AM
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My alert system cost over £500 years ago,and was recently replaced/updated. It combines fire/smoke/CO2 alerts etc and has a visual light alert and vibrating pads included. What we found is that during yearly checks necessary in law (And by the fire brigade), became problematic, because the fire brigade did not know how to service or check them. This system isn't just changing the basic fire alert by the kitchen or on the landing and via the simplistic circular ones on the ceiling,but a fully integrated system independent of the power supply too,with a number of reset options and settings, only I had the experience to test it based on experience.

On installation there was much scratching of heads by the electricians, and subsequently when I had the house rewired it was complete chaos because they messed up the connections and did not know to find the faults. We had the fire brigade call 4 times because the electricians could not find out why it kept triggering non-stop, our neighbours weren't amused either ! Fortunately I was able to pinpoint the wiring changes and I had kept the service manual issued with the equipment, and my trade was electrical anyway, or we would have had to move lol Obviously battery-driven fire alarms are the easiest to acquire AND the most useless, because 9 out of 10 of us forget to change the batteries.

No use if they are audio either. My system has dual back ups.
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