Fire Safety Advice – Deaf and Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarms


Options for getting a Deaf and Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarm Installed

There are limited solutions for Deaf and Hearing Impaired smoke alarms. Contact one of the 4 following organisations below and ascertain whether you qualify for funding for a system to be installed by Housing New Zealand or Ministry of Health.

Contact one of the 4 organisations below. Their qualified staff can meet with you to ascertain whether you qualify for funding from the Ministry of Health or for a system to be installed by Housing New Zealand.

If you do not qualify for either funding pathway mentioned above, they will be able to advise you as to the most appropriate options available to you.

    1. Life Unlimited
    2. Deaf Aotearoa
    3. Housing New Zealand
    4. RNZ Foundation for the Blind – Deaf Blind Services


The ideal would be to have hard wired, interconnected photoelectric smoke alarms fitted with bed-shakers / strobe lights / pagers or a combination of these but the costs may be prohibitive.


Links to Equipment Available to Deaf or Hearing Impaired people


Fire Service Support

Deaf and Hearing ImpairedContact your local Fire Station if you wish to have assistance with regard to the best locations for smoke alarms. The staff at your nearest Fire Station will be able to assist free of charge.

Deaf and Hearing Impaired people who have difficulty using a phone can register with Police to join the 111 TXT service. This service is only to be used in an emergency.

This is a nationwide service available to registered users wherever there is cell phone coverage. Registered users can contact the Emergency Services (Police, Fire and Ambulance)&nbspvia text messaging on their cell phones.


information courtesy of Fire and Emergency New Zealand

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