Is there a special smoke alarm for the hearing impaired?
Yes, a hearing impaired or visual smoke alarm has been developed for those who cannot adequately detect the sound of an audible alarm. Visual smoke alarms operate through the means of a powerful strobe light as well as a supplemental piercing audible alarm that should awaken the sleeping person to warn deaf or hard of hearing occupants of a hazardous situation. Hearing impaired alarms are available at most home improvement centers or online.

If you are unable to locate or afford the cost of a hearing impaired smoke alarm, the Fire and Burn Safety Coalition of Maryland (FABSCOM) can assist citizens in acquiring visual smoke alarms throughout the State of Maryland.

Questions or concerns regarding these specialized hearing impaired alarms should be directed to the Fire Marshal’s Office.

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