Free smoke detectors for deaf Indiana residents - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Free smoke detectors for deaf Indiana residents


LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Deaf or hearing-impaired residents in Indiana can apply for free smoke detectors that feature a strobe light and a bed shaker.

The Indiana State Fire Marshal's Office is giving out 1,200 of the free alarms to people who cannot afford one.  It is working with the Indiana Family Social Services Agency to make sure applicants are qualified.

You can apply for one of the alarms by clicking here.  Local fire departments will install the homes at no charge.

"Many fire departments around the state have programs to help individuals obtain standard smoke alarms," said Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a news release, "but this program will help meet the less widely addressed, specialized needs of Indiana's residents who are deaf or hearing impaired. Indiana has a population of more than 500,000 individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired, and while the state doesn't have the resources to reach everyone, the alarms can make a difference for the individuals who do receive them." 

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