It was a year ago the Omaha Fire Department conducted a demonstration of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors specially designed for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Captain Melanie Bates says the response was overwhelming.
Captain Bates says, “”They are very expensive. They are pieces of equipment that you have to order from specialty companies. There are only three or four vendors across the country that provides these. We want to be able to provide the same level of protection for people who may not have the resources to get it otherwise.”
Captain Bates says each unit consists of three pieces. One goes in the main living area and flashes when smoke is detected. A second piece is placed under a pillow and vibrates when the smoke alarm goes off. The third unit is a carbon monoxide detector that also flashes when it detects a problem.
Captain Bates says the department received a fire prevention and safety grant for more than $44,000 that will be used to purchase more than 500 units.