The State Fire Marshal's Office is working to help hearing impaired Iowans stay safe in their own homes.
Tuesday morning the Kern family received the first deaf or hard of hearing smoke detector. The State Fire Marshal's Office and State Farm worked together to install the unit at their Des Moines home.
The detector uses a strobe light to alert homeowners if there is a fire or smoke danger.
Right now, they have the funding to install 1 71 detectors -- which is a good start.
“The equipment can be very expensive. Either the ones with strobe lights or the smoke detectors that are at a extra high decibel can be upwards of $200. And members of the deaf and hard of hearing community may be on a low income or maybe just can afford this equipment. We appreciate the fire marshal’s office being involved in supporting the community,” Stephanie Lyons says.
The State Fire Marshal's Office and Iowa Deaf Services Office is seeking grants and community support to help outfit the remaining 630 homes in need of these life saving devices.