People with hearing loss may not always be alerted by an ordinary smoke alarm. Plus, if you use hearing aids, you’re less likely to hear the smoke alarm when you take them out to sleep. That's why it's vital to get a smoke alarm system that’s specifically designed for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. It will protect you and your family from danger, giving you valuable time to escape from a fire or carbon monoxide leak at home.
How can I be alerted to danger?
Our home safety alarms can be used by hearing people as a stand-alone alarm, or combined with a strobe and vibrating pad (available separately) to create an alarm system that’s suitable for people with all levels of hearing loss. A bright flashing strobe light alerts you during the day and the vibrating pad goes under the pillow to wake you at night. A low frequency sounder can also be useful if you think you may not hear the alarm or see the flashing lights.
What are the different types of home safety alarms?
There are three types of alarm to keep you and your family safe at home – heat, smoke and carbon monoxide – that can be used with a strobe and vibrating pad (available separately) to create a deaf-friendly system.
Heat alarms – Best suited to areas where dust, fumes and moisture can interfere with smoke alarms, such as kitchens, cellars and garages. They monitor the rate of temperature increases and quickly alert you to the danger.
Smoke alarms – Provide fast detection of slow-smouldering fires. Suitable for bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and landings. At least one smoke alarm should be installed on each floor of your home.
Carbon monoxide alarms – Detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) given off by gas fires or boilers. This poisonous gas is often referred to as the silent killer because it has no odour or taste and can’t be seen.
Introducing the FireAngel home safety system
Our FireAngel home safety system has everything you need to stay safe at home, night and day.
Each heat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm works on its own – and has an audible alarm for hearing people – or can be combined with the FireAngel strobe & vibrating pad (available separately) to create a deaf-friendly system for people with all levels of hearing loss. The flashing strobe is suitable for waking hours, while the vibrating pad pops under your pillow or mattress to alert you when asleep.
Each alarm works separately, or as part of the FireAngel interlink system, sending a signal to any other connected Wi-Safe 2 alarms if it detects danger. When one alarm sounds, they all go off and up to 50 devices can be interlinked within 35 metres to provide wide coverage and protection of your home. For example, you could use a heat detector in the kitchen and smoke detectors in the living room, hallway, landing and bedrooms.
Here’s a round-up of the FireAngel range of deaf-friendly home safety alarms and accessories:
This wireless heat alarm is best suited to areas where dust, fumes and moisture can interfere with smoke alarms, such as kitchens, cellars and garages. It has thermistek predictive technology which quickly detects a rise in temperature and alerts to the danger.
• Audible alarm: 85dB at 3m
• Thermistor heat sensing element for accuracy, reliability and stability
• 10 year built-in life lithium battery.
The FireAngel smoke alarm offers fast detection of slow-smouldering fires. It’s ideal for rooms where electrical equipment and upholstered furniture may become a fire hazard, like bedrooms, living rooms, hallways and landings.
•Audible alarm: 85dB at 3m
•Uses thermoptek smoke alarm technology
Carbon monoxide is an extremely poisonous gas, often referred to as the silent killer. The FireAngel carbon monoxide alarm gives people with hearing loss protection from faulty heating and cooking gas appliances in the home.
•Audible alarm: 85dB at 3m
•Advanced electrochemical sensor
•Can also be used in caravans, motorhomes and boats.
If you can’t hear the sound of a smoke, heat or carbon monoxide alarm, this is the product for you. The flashing strobe provides a visual warning in waking hours, while the vibrating pad can be placed under the pillow or mattress when you’re asleep.
•Flashing strobe and/or a vibrating alert
•Works with FireAngel smoke, heat and carbon monoxide alarms
•5-year battery life
•Suitable for all levels of hearing loss.
This low frequency sounder provides additional protection to standard smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms, by emitting a lower pitch audible alarm. It’s suitable for those who struggle to hear high pitched sounds.
•Lower pitch audible alarm
•4 LED alert lights to show which alarm(s) have been triggered
•More likely to wake children, older people and those under the influence of alcohol.
Find out more
For full details about FireAngel home safety alarms, click on the ‘More Information’ button underneath each description above, or visit the full FireAngel product range.
You can also contact our expert Customer Services team:
Telephone 03330 144 525
Textphone 03330 144 530
Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.
We’re the only UK charity with a full range of products for people living with deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus, so we’re the ideal source of impartial advice. And every purchase means that you’re helping fund research to cure hearing loss within a generation.