A working smoke alarm is known to reduce the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%. For people who are deaf or hard of hearing, audible smoke alarms do not provide sufficient notification to alert a person to a fire. Fortunately, there are smoke alarms made for people who are deaf such as a smoke alarm with a flashing strobe light.
Seattle residents who are deaf may qualify for a strobe smoke alarm that plugs into an outlet. To qualify, a person must be deaf or hard of hearing and live in Seattle. Renters need permission from landlords before we can install them. There is no cost for the smoke alarm or installation.
Any Seattle resident who might be interested in a free strobe smoke alarm, should contact the Seattle Fire Department via email or by calling 206-386-1337.
Learn more about the Seattle Fire Department smoke/CO alarm program.