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How Much Does a Fire Alarm System for the Deaf Cost?

Safety is an important and ongoing concern for the deaf and hearing impaired. In the event of an emergency, how will the person be notified? If a fire breaks out, will a traditional fire alarm system be enough of a warning?

A number of companies make specialty fire, carbon monoxide and severe weather alarms that are catered to the particular needs of people with hearing loss or impairment. They have features such as strobe lights and pillow or bed shakers for the deaf, and low-frequency audible alarms, which are easier to hear than traditional high-pitched alarms, for the hard of hearing. Often, these devices are activated by the sound of standard alarms.

Specialty alarms for the deaf and hearing impaired can be purchased at most home improvement stores and online from a variety of retailers. Or, you can hire a local expert to design and install a whole-house system, recommending the products you should purchase and installing them to the highest safety standards.

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Cost of Fire Alarms for the Deaf

Most of the products listed above range in price from $50-$250, although some models are slightly more or less expensive.

  • Basic fire alarms with an added strobe light features usually cost $50-$100.
  • Pillow or bed shakers tend to cost $150-$250 or more.
  • Carbon monoxide detectors that can be connected to silent call receivers via a transmitter cost about $150-$200.
  • Weather alert radios with silent call lights cost about $75-$100. For models that also incorporate a bed shaker budget $150-$250.

Keep in mind that the safest homes incorporate a combination of products and have alarms in multiple rooms. Rather than buying each product individually, it often makes sense to buy combination products. For example, a complete fire alarm kit that includes multiple strobe lights and a bed shaker might sell for $400-$450.

Other Important Information and Tips

  • Proper installation is absolutely critical. This is not a do-it-yourself job unless you know for sure what you’re doing, particularly given that some devices need to be hardwired. When life safety is at risk, never gamble.
  • Popular brands for strobe light smoke alarms include BRK/First Alert, Gentex and Kidde, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
  • Bed shakers, transmitters and receivers are available from companies including lifetonesafety.com, safeawake.com and silentcall.com, the NFPA said.
  • Also per the NFPA, make sure any smoke alarm or accessory device your purchase has the label of a recognized testing laboratory.
  • Always test all smoke detectors once a month with the test button.

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