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Smoke alarm program extended in Lafayette Parish

Hard of hearing smoke alarm
Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 13:50:19-04

A smoke alarm program offering free deaf and hard-of-hearing smoke alarms to Lafayette Parish residents has been extended until September 2021.

Lafayette Consolidated Government says that the extension was made possible due to a FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant that provides the smoke alarms to the Lafayette Fire Department.

The alarms are installed in a resident’s home by firefighters and are equipped with movement, flashing lights and low-frequency sound to signal danger.

"Everyone should have a working smoke alarm, but it is also important to have a working smoke alarm that works for you. Occupants have as little as two minutes to escape home fires," LFD Public Information Officer Alton Trahan. "This program gives Lafayette Parish citizens who are deaf or hard of hearing the opportunity to get the protection they need at no cost to them.”

The program only requires applicants to be a resident of Lafayette Parish and documentation of deafness or hearing loss, according to LCG.

To apply for a free smoke alarm:

1. Submit an online application here or complete the application found at your local fire department and send to the Lafayette Fire Department’s Fire Prevention Division by mail, fax or email.

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

3. Return the application to Lafayette Fire Prevention Department

Click here for more information on the program.

Lafayette Fire Prevention Division Contact Information:

2100 Jefferson St., Bldg. B Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone (337)291-8704
Fax (337) 291-5531

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