Special Fire Alarms for Deaf People

November 6, 2008 by  
Filed under Glasgow West, Local News

Jim Robertson and Sheila GartshoreA profoundly deaf widow in the West End has become one of the first people in the city to have a free specialist fire alarm installed in her home. Said Sheila Gartshore (63) ‘I can now sleep more easily.’

The alerter consists of a flashing light on the wall above her bed and a vibrating pad placed under her pillow. These are automatically activated should a fire start.

Sheila has been worried about the risk of fire in her home. She said: ‘Thanks to the new deaf alerter I have more peace of mind. Before this I was quite frightened.’

Strathclyde Fire and Rescue’s, SFR, South Glasgow Area is working in partnership with the Sensory Impairment Team from Social Work Glasgow and £10,000 has been secured for the scheme, city wide, from the SFR’s Chief Office’s Partnership Fund.

An additional £8000 has come from the Community Planning Partnership in the South East through a home safety programme.

Retired, Sheila recently became a grandmother. She volunteers her help one day a week at the WRVS shop in Gartnavel Hospital.

A home assessment was carried out earlier in the year in her home by social work services whose welfare advisor and technician, Alan Duncan, installed the alarm.

He said: ‘I have installed this type of specialist alarm in a dozen homes across the city and have around 100 more lined up. I get real job satisfaction and it is very rewarding.’

Social work services can provide a British Sign Language interpreter to accompany SFR personnel if required when they carry out free home safety visits.

To arrange a visit, just call into any fire station or log on to www.strathclydefire.org and click on the community safety link.

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