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New BSL video in support of Deaf Awareness Week


North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is launching a new British Sign Language video on its website to assist those with hearing difficulties.

The launch supports national Deaf Awareness Week 15-21 May 2017 which is a unique campaign that enables as many organisations as possible to promote their own work within the broad spectrum of deafness.

The aim new of the video clip is to highlight the range of fire safety support and advice available as well as reinforce the message that the Service offers free home safety checks with specialist equipment for deaf and hard of hearing residents in the region.

A working smoke alarm provides vital time to escape in the event of a fire, however those who suffer from hearing difficulties or remove their hearing aids at night are at risk of being unable to hear their smoke alarm warning.

Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said: "There is a whole range of alarms designed specifically for the hard of hearing.

“Many people with hearing loss could be at serious risk if they don't have the right alarm in place. A specialist alarm system provides valuable time to escape from a house fire. Without it, lives could be lost.

“Our new video clip demonstrates the different systems and safety measures available for those with hearing difficulties.

“We hope that this new clip will raise awareness of the specialist equipment we offer and will help people to stay safe in their homes.

"Anyone unsure about the alarm they need should contact North Wales Fire and Rescue Service for a free home fire safety check. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible.

"To request a check, phone our bilingual 24 hour hotline on 0800 169 1234 or contact us at ."

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