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Free Smoke Alarms for NSW Deaf

  • Synopsis: Published: 2011-02-22 - NSW Government has committed $2 million to provide free smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Department of aging, Disability and Home Care.

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Free smoke alarms for deaf people in NSW - The NSW Government has committed $2 million to provide free smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose, said that the scheme would provide financial support to purchase specialized smoke alarms which use flashing lights or vibrating under pillow pads to supplement the standard sound of an alarm.

Mr Primrose said that specialized smoke alarms for people who are deaf or hard of hearing would usually cost between $400 and $650.

"Many deaf people currently live without the protection of effective fire alarms in the home," Mr Primrose said.

"This announcement will mean anyone who qualifies can ask for and receive a free visual smoke alarm."

"It will mean safer homes for deaf people and could save lives in the event of a fire."

Mr Primrose said that the scheme was in response to a joint proposal developed by the Deaf Society of NSW and Fire and Rescue NSW and was part of a series of cost-of-living initiatives recently announced by the Premier, Kristina Keneally.

"The $2 million cost of the scheme will be spread over three years and will enable an estimated 3,500 households to benefit from the scheme," he said.

"The free smoke alarms scheme will be administered by the Deaf Society of NSW."

The Deaf Society's administration will be assisted by an Implementation Steering Committee with representatives from NSW Government agencies and stakeholders from the deaf community.

"The Committee will help to ensure that the scheme will be sustainable over the longer term so that eligible people will continue to have access."

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