Smoke Alarms for Hearing Impaired Now Offered Free to Stratford Residents
by State Representative Joe Gresko, (D)
121st Connecticut House District
If you or a Stratford resident you know has a hearing impairment, the town will provide the means for the installation of specially designed smoke detectors by the Stratford Fire Department.
See the below release from the Town of Stratford for additional details:
Stratford residents with a hearing impairment may now have smoke detectors designed especially for them installed in their home by Stratford Fire Department personnel completely free of charge.
The Stratford Fire Marshal’s Office and the Town of Stratford Community and Senior Services Department recently announced the launch of this public safety program called Flash Shake and Awake. The public is invited to call, order their complimentary devices and arrange for a fire prevention staff member to visit the residence and make the quick professional installation.
Flash, Shake and Awake provides and installs a special bed shaker device that is designed to awaken and alert deaf and hearing-impaired individuals when a smoke / CO alarm is activated inside the home. The fire prevention staff will install the smoke / CO detectors along with the bed shaker.
This free public service was made possible by a Fire Prevention and Safety Grant of $60,800 from U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency / FEMA, which the Town applied for and won in a competitive grant program.
Stratford Fire Marshal Robert Daniel said, “Smoke alarms save lives every day, and they only save lives when they are heard and effectively alert the residents. With this program the Town of Stratford is targeting a vulnerable population — the hearing impaired. The Stratford Fire Marshal’s office is very grateful and excited to institute this life-saving program on behalf of our residents.”
Stratford residents are urged to contact the Stratford Fire Marshal’s Office at 203-385-4073 and mention Flash Shake and Awake. The department will protect the confidentiality of all who participate.