Fire alert systems

21 03 2008

There is a petition to try and make sure businesses and public places fit the right fire alarm systems for deaf and hard of hearing people. The petition is to create legislation by statute to include deaf people in the general regulations concerning the fire and emergency alarm systems in all public, commercial and industrial buildings in Britain.

Nine million deaf and hearing impaired people are unable to hear the sounding of the emergency alarm systems whilst sleeping at night in a hotel. Similarly this group may be unable to recognise the fire alarm even in ordinary circumstances due to hearing difficulties.

Technology has allowed development of auxiliary radio-alerter systems that work in conjunction with primary alarms; activating a pager that alerts the user. Such equipment may use a specific wavelength so the single radio frequency can be reserved for the sole purpose of deaf people.

Legislation is an essential prerequisite to ensure the same wavelength is used throughout Britain; the same radio-pager will activate to a commercial alarm in any public corporate building, factory, office or hotel.

Without access to general sounds, this group is vulnerable and in continual danger within places of work. This danger amplifies itself in magnitude during sleep in a hotel. Altogether deaf people will be continually at risk unless legislation is made available under regulation to ensure all such buildings are equipped with a working auxiliary radio transmitter that will activate users to the emergency.

Petition deadline : 03 April 2008

You can sign the petition here.

You can also write to Mr Bruce Calderwood, Director to the Office for Disability Issues, to express your reasons for supporting the petition at The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HT

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2 responses

22 03 2008
tutleymutley

I went on holiday with ‘Walking Women’s holidays’ back in February, and was really impressed because the organiser and company director, Diana, asked me if I would be able to hear the fire alarm and when I said, “no, not without my HAs in at night, and probably not with them in either”, she said she would organise a vibrating under pillow alarm.
Not so impressed when it never materialised – but the thought was there!
I’ve signed the petition.

22 03 2008
Kyle

The Fire Service installs smoke alarms that emit a radio signal that is compatible with vibrating alerters.

In my area, they will install it and give you the alerter, but they proved to be very popular that they keep running out. Luckily I blagged one before they ran out.

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