Residents interested in obtaining a special smoke alarm designed for the hearing impaired are urged to contact the Maricopa Fire Department fire prevention division.

“We are very interested in making sure residents are safe,” Fire Chief Wade Brannon said. “We will help them get in touch with the right resources.”

Fire alarm systems for the hearing impaired often include strobe lights and/or the ability to vibrate a bed or watch to alert the resident about smoke, fire or carbon monoxide.

The fire department recently installed an alarm for Mary Beth Del Pozzo, who is hearing impaired, after a Maricopa police officer came to her door and informed her the smoke alarm was going off, according to a city press release.

The Arizona Burn Foundation donated the hearing-impaired smoke-detector system.

For more information about getting a smoke detector for the hearing impaired, contact the Maricopa Fire Department fire prevention department at 520-568-3333.

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