Program offers smoke detectors for deaf, hard of hearing

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The Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation was awarded a $205,132 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fund Solutions 2013. Solutions 2013 is a partnership between the Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, Oklahoma ABLE Tech and Fire Protection Publications at Oklahoma State University to provide smoke detection and alert equipment for the deaf and hard of hearing. “Oklahoma has more home fire deaths than most other states. Working smoke alarms are the best way to prevent home fire deaths. People who are deaf or who are hard of hearing are especially at risk. They cannot hear standard home smoke alarms,” said Nancy Trench, assistant director, Fire Protection Publications. Solutions 2013 will accept and approve applications from people who are deaf or hard of hearing; install free smoke alarms; plan a home fire drill specific to each home; and assist with a home safety survey to prevent fires, burns, falls, and other…

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