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Guest Post by Kirsty Boden: Home Resolutions For The Deaf – Deafgard

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Kirsty Boden is a keen blogger and social media enthusiast, and enjoys creating quality pieces of engaging content for her followers.
Whether it be on behalf of herself or a client, she enjoys sharing her personal experiences and has a diverse span of interests including technology, food, health, fitness, fashion and the arts.
My Twitter is @littlebearson, https://twitter.com/littlebearson if anyone wishes to contact me 🙂
As a part-time carer for an elderly relative I know first-hand some of the daily challenges faced by those individuals who are hard of hearing. The most common problems are often surrounding the most basic of tasks which many of us take for granted; communicating with others, watching television or speaking on the phone. With these daily rigmaroles to deal with it is easy to overlook one of the most important concerns that should be addressed – home fire safety.

Many hard of hearing people feel most vulnerable at night time and are fearful of not being alerted in an emergency. Hearing aids are not for everyone and even if the individual does usually wear one it is common to take the device out when sleeping for ease of comfort. Some rely on service dogs for support, or as is with my grandfather, the assistance of a loved one to awaken and warn them of any disturbance or noise that may occur.

Although it is rare to be caught up in a house fire, it is still absolutely vital to take necessary measures to ensure that your home and the people inside it are protected from fire risks. The results of fire can be devastating; the flames relentlessly destroy your home with no thought to your personal belongings. Not to mention the safety of your loved ones; a shocking statistic from Directgov revealed that 72% of the recorded fatalities from fires actually occur in the home.

Fireco at: http://www.firecoltd.com specialize in creating and supplying innovative new fire safety products and systems. The Deafgard at http://www.firecoltd.com/Fire/deafgard.aspx is one of their products; a wireless fire alarm which works by vibrating the pillow and flashing lights when a fire alarm sounds. This wireless device is designed to sit comfortably on a bedside table and has a vibrating pad attached to it which sits beneath the sleeper’s pillow at night. If a fire alarm sounds, the Deafgard receives a radio signal from a device that picks up the sound of the alarm and activates its flashing LED lights and LCD screen, thus awakening the individual and raising the alarm. My grandfather recommends his Deafgard as an excellent alarm clock too!

Vibrating fire alarm units such as the Deafgard help the hard of hearing, deaf and elderly to keep their independence and not feel reliant on friends and family to alert them during an emergency. They also allow for people to live alone and/or stay in the comfort of their own home for longer rather than going into care.

Although they don’t come cheap, you may be able to claim one on your health insurance or through your healthcare plan. Consult your doctor to see if you are entitled to a discount, as we were.

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