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New MINICOM number lets deaf Lichfield residents book home fire risk check

Lichfield residents who are deaf or hard of hearing can request a free home fire risk check thanks to a new free MINICOM number.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have launched the service as part of National Deaf Awareness Week.

The MINICOM number – 0800 0241 998 – means that people who are deaf or very hard of hearing can use a textphone to request their free home fire risk check.

There are a range of alarms available for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, ranging from alarms with strobe lighting, vibrating alarms, and small wearable radio linked pagers.  These specialist alarms ensure that even if an individual has taken out the hearing aid at night, they will still be alerted to the incidence of a fire in the home.

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said:

“Many people with hearing loss may be at risk when they are not wearing hearing aids or when they are far from their smoke alarm – especially if sleeping with their bedroom door closed. This means they might not be able to hear their smoke alarm if it goes off during the night, which is when the majority of fires in the home occur.

“People who are deaf or hard of hearing are putting themselves at serious risk by not having a specialist alarm fitted. There is a variety of equipment available, based on a persons circumstances including pagers and vibrating pillow pads.

“It is our priority to ensure that all vulnerable members of the public are safe from fire in their homes. Our technicians go out on a daily basis to fit specialist systems across the County. Prior to our visits many people who are deaf or hard of hearing do not realise what specialist systems are available to meet their needs. We get lots of positive feedback from people who have had a smoke alarm installed, most say it gives them that extra peace of mind.”

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1 Comment

  1. Harry

    9th February, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    hi, i am deaf and i looking for minicom and i been told it free to get one. i dont know how to get one. i am from wilmslow

    email me back many thank.