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Sinn Féin welcome joint RNID – Fire Kills campaign

3 May, 2007

Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has welcomed the joint approach being taken by Deaf Awareness Week, (May 7-13) for the Fire Kills campaign with RNID, the charity which represents up to nine million deaf and hard of hearing people.

Mr McCartney said

"This week already I have been highlighting the need for properly fitted and working smoke alarms in multiple occupancy buildings and that provision must also be made for people who have hearing difficulties or disabilities, where smoke alarms can be acquired that have a vibrating pad or a flashing light. Research shows a high proportion of deaf and hard of hearing people are at risk in their own homes because they cannot hear traditional smoke alarms.

"I welcome the fact that Deaf Awareness Week, (May 7-13) for the Fire Kills campaign are teaming up with RNID to raise awareness of the need for people to have the correct smoke alarm for their needs.

"Statistics have revealed that a third of people with a hearing loss say they would have difficulty waking up to a conventional alarm, especially considering most remove their hearing aids before they go to sleep each night. Almost a quarter (23%) says they would even struggle to know if the alarm went off during the day"

"Providing the vital early warning of fire is essential for aiding escape. People who are deaf or hard of hearing need additional ways of making them aware the alarm has been activated, including vibrating pads and flashing strobe lights." ENDS

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