Deaf Awareness

One in 6 people in the UK are deaf or have hearing loss. This page features resources, advice and guidance for people who are deaf or have hearing loss including educational videos in British Sign Language.

We have worked with partners in Fife to create a British Sign Language advert for our latest fire safety campaign, Make the Call.  Read more about the creation of the video.

In partnership with Scottish charity Deaf Connections, we produced a series of British Sign Language (BSL) videos of some of our key leaflets and adverts. More recently Prevention & Protection colleagues in East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire and South Ayrshire (ENSA) have been worked with local organisations ‘Ayrshire Film Company’ and ‘The Third Sector Interface’ in North Ayrshire to produce a new British Sign Language (BSL) video covering our Your Guide to Fire Safety booklet.  

Find out more about the UK Council on Deafness.

Smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing

A whole range of alarms have been designed specifically for the hard of hearing, with features ranging from strobe lighting and vibrating alarms.

In many cases there are local organisations or arrangements with local authorities to assist with providing specialist alarms.  You can contact your local community fire station in the first instance to find out more.

These specialist alarms can save lives, alerting you to a fire in your home even if you have removed your hearing aid at night.

People are deaf can place a vibrating pad under their mattress or pillow at night. If smoke is detected, the alarm will sound and set off the pad and a strobe light will flash to assist in waking them.

British Standard BS5446-3:2005 specifies smoke alarm kits for deaf and hard of hearing people. Products made to this standard give deaf people assurance of quality smoke alarms designed to meet their needs.

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