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South Carolina State Fire Marshal Gives Away Smoke Detectors

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"Bed Shaker" Connects To Bedside Unit, Which Wirelessly Connects to Ceiling Smoke Alarm. "Bed Shaker" Connects To Bedside Unit, Which Wirelessly Connects to Ceiling Smoke Alarm.

OCONEE COUNTY - South Carolina's State Fire Marshal is giving away free smoke detectors, but these aren't the standard alarms. These alarms are designed specifically to wake up the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the event of a fire.

"I'm completely deaf; in one ear I have cochlear implants and the other I have hearing aid. I take both of them out I don't hear anything," says Don Detar.

Detar says at night he takes both the hearing aid and implant out and if a fire broke out, he wouldn't hear the blaring alarm.  He's reaching out to the State to receive one of the new alarms.

When the alarm senses smoke, it alerts a bedside box which triggers a piece that's placed under the mattress. That piece begins vibrating the bed, shaking awake anyone sleeping in the bed.

"Last year, Oconee County had five fire fatalities, in each case there was no working smoke alarm," says Assistant Chief Shane Gibbs, Oconee County Emergency Services.

Oconee County has already pinpointed more than a dozen people in their area that they plan to help receive these detectors. They say a program like this can potentially offer a lot more than just peace of mind.

"If you don't have that then the consequences are huge," says Gibbs, "It's life or death."

Senior Solutions in the Upstate is excited to be able to share this opportunity with their members like Detar. While he waits to hear back from the state about receiving one of the alarms, he says he has a pretty good nose and he'll rely on that for now in case there's a fire.

"Escape - I hope," Detar says.

If you or someone you know is interested in receiving one of these alarms, you can contact your local fire department or email the State Fire Marshal at smokealarms@llr.gov

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