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Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarm Program

Review frequently asked questions (FAQ) from LIFETONE, the manufacturer of the bed-shaker.

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Watch a short video about the installation of a bed-shaker.

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Hearing Impaired Smoke Alarm Program FAQ

Q:       What is Fire Safe SC?
A:       Fire Safe SC is a new community risk reduction program and partnership between the Office of State Fire Marshal, S.C. Firefighters’ Association, S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs, and the S.C. Fire Marshals Association.

Q:       Are there any costs associated with receiving an alarm?
A:       No. This alarm is free.

Q:       If I receive an alarm through this program, why is my local fire department involved in the installation?
A:       The Office of State Fire Marshal serves a supportive role to the local fire department who protects your community.

Q:       What is a "bed-shaker"?
A:       A bed-shaker is not a smoke alarm, rather it works with smoke alarms in the home to notify hearing impaired individuals of a possible life-threatening fire emergency.

Q:      How many bed shakers can I receive through this program?
A:       Each qualified applicant may receive one hearing impaired smoke alarm.

Q:       What if I don’t have working smoke alarms in my home?
A:       If you're unable to secure them, the Office of State Fire Marshal will work with your local fire department and other resources to attempt to meet your needs.

Q:       Who do I contact if my bed shaker malfunctions?
A:       You may call the Office of State Fire Marshal at (803) 896-5454 or email FIRESAFESC@LLR.SC.GOV.

Q:       How long does it take to receive an alarm after applying?
A:       Attempts will be made to fulfill approved requests as quickly as possible. Within a few weeks of receiving an application, our office will contact the requestor. Once approved, to coordinate installation, contact will be made with your local fire department

Q:       Are there any structural modifications made to my home during the installation?
A:       No. Bed shakers are installed in your bed and do not require any modifications.

Q:       If there is a fire, will this unit notify my local fire department? Or, will I still need to call 911?
A:       No, the bed-shaker will not alert your fire department. Call 911 in the event of a fire.

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Jonathan Jones,   State Fire Marshal
141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 896-9800 | Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. | Monday - Friday except State Holidays