Free deaf and hard-of-hearing smoke alarms are available for Lafayette Parish residents until September.
The alarms have been made available through the Lafayette Fire Department as part of the FEMA Fire Prevention and Safety Grant. The grant allowed for the extension of the program from October 2020 until September 2021.
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 70501Phone (337)291-8704Fax (337) 291-5531Email: FireSafety@lafayettela.gov
See video below of a previous interview about the smoke alarms and how they function:
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