On Monday, January 13, 2020, the American Red Cross of Southeastern Colorado, along with Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind will install free bed shaker smoke alarms during a Sound the Alarm event in Colorado Springs.
People who are deaf or hard of hearing are particularly vulnerable during fire emergencies because they may not be able to hear the sound of a traditional smoke alarm. Delayed notification reduces the chances of getting out of a burning home quickly and safely. The specialized alarm, commonly referred to as a ‘Bed Shaker,’ is installed next to the bed, and alerts those in the home using a strobe light and vibrating pad that can be placed under the mattress or pillow. It’s activated when an accompanying traditional smoke alarm sounds.
The home fire safety and bed shaker smoke alarm installation is Monday, January 13, 2020 starting at 10:30 am, located at 2117 Monteagle Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909. The event is part of the national Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to reduce fire deaths and injuries.
“Home fires are the biggest disaster threat we face, killing seven people in this country every day,” says Thomas Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Southeastern chapter of the American Red Cross. “Here in Colorado Springs we respond to hundreds of home fires each year. Please help us Sound the Alarm against these crises by volunteering or donating to support our lifesaving services.”