I was trying to make homemade Pitas the other day (keyword - "trying") and following the directions "in a cast iron pan over medium-high heat". Well that turned out to be too high and set off all the smoke alarms in the house!
So...how would a Deafblind person "know" the smoke alarm's going off?? Sure the Deaf have visual alert systems that flashes whenever the smoke alarm, doorbell, alarm clock or even when the baby's crying; but what if you can't see it?
I have a Tactile alert for my visual alert system. It's a small vibrating pager I clip onto my waist. It vibrates whenever the visual alert goes off. There are lights across the top to notify you which "alert" it is, the door, alarm, etc. For completely blind users, there are buttons down the front that the user would push and it vibrates again to notify which system is alerting.
It gets a bit crazy when people visit and start pushing my doorbell but are not "hearing" any bells so they keep pushing and pushing. I'm inside going crazy because my waist is vibrating like mad and I'm running to the door to make it stop! "You know your doorbell isn't working" "It works FINE!"
My main "unit" of the visual alert system is in the bedroom. I have an alarm clock with a lamp plugged into it, it also flashes when the phone rings too. But the majority of the time I ignore the alarm clock and phone rings, just because they're not for me! But I have my smoke alarm on a bedshaker (a vibrating unit that sits either under a pillow or between mattresses) so I can differentiate the "importance" of the alert. I also have a weather alert system that notifies me of any severe weather alerts and this is attached to another bedshaker and a strobe light. So if the bed's shaking and lights flashing I know it's really important. One drawback is I live in "Tornado Alley" and that damn thing goes off 3 or 4 times a week in the Spring season, and the majority of the time it's just for thunderstorms only.
So where can a Deafblind person receive this equipment? Most states have a free smoke alarm program, just do a search for "free smoke alarm for deaf" on your state's Gov page. Also your state's Vocational Rehabilitation office will have a list of resources where to find equipment as well.
So, everyone should feel safe in their own homes even if the vibrating drives you crazy!
One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon
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I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.