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Spirit of Acadiana: Lafayette Fire offers smoke alarms to deaf and hard of hearing residents

Posted: 6:45 AM, Oct 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-24 07:46:06-04
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The Lafayette Fire Department is continuing its program to offer smoke alarms to Lafayette Parish residents who are deaf or hard of hearing.

KATC's Scott Brazda was LIVE on GMA with more on the devices and how to apply.

Spirit of Acadiana: Lafayette Fire offers smoke alarms to deaf and hard of hearing residents

300 sets of smoke alarms and detection devices are still available for residents and the application process is free. Those interested in receiving an alarm must provide documented proof of a hearing impairment.

The Lafayette Fire Department will also install the devices in homes of eligible residents.

To apply, residents should complete the following steps:

1. Complete an application form-print application or online www.lafayettela.gov/firedepartment

2. Provide documentation of the hearing impairment (Proof of disability may include a letter from a doctor, therapist, case manager or another medical provider, or a copy of your driver’s license stating the disability.)

3. Mail, fax, email or hand deliver the application to Lafayette Fire Prevention Department

For more information, please contact:

Fire Prevention Division
2100 Jefferson St., Bldg. B
Lafayette, LA 70501

Phone (337)291-8704
Fax (337) 291-5531

The “Fire Safety Solutions for Lafayette” program was created to distribute and install free smoke alarms, as well as provide fire safety messages, to Lafayette city residents with hearing impairments. When danger is detected, these devices alert homeowners using light, sound and movement – unlike traditional smoke detectors, which only use sound.

The program began in January 2019 and expanded to Lafayette Parish residents in April.

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